The Florida Files, University

Florida – Day Six 🇺🇸

Florida Golf Coast University partners with my University in The UK. (Bangor University). Today, we visited and had a tour of their mesmerising campus, which seemed to be a completely different world to the small Welsh town we were all accustomed to. Arriving at approximately 9am, we were all soon astounded when we viewed the… Continue reading Florida – Day Six 🇺🇸

Behaviour Ecology, University

Conservation practice meets Behavioural Ecology – Chimp practical, measuring behaviour and compiling ethograms!

As a component of my Conservation Practice module, we began (much to my fulfilment) learning about the importance of, and the roles, of animal behaviour in conservation. It's been a joy to combine my two passions! Therefore, in order to carry out our own study and to gain a further insight into the area, we… Continue reading Conservation practice meets Behavioural Ecology – Chimp practical, measuring behaviour and compiling ethograms!

The Florida Files, University

Florida – Day Five 🇺🇸

Our fifth day in Florida was spent in Naples, where we experienced the exciting privilege of visiting the FCGU (Florida Golf Coast University) research centre, visiting the majestic, stunning botanical gardens and driving our way to The Everglades. We first stopped at the research centre. Listening to three different, informative, talks about different kinds of… Continue reading Florida – Day Five 🇺🇸

The Florida Files, University

Florida – Day Four 🇺🇸

Beginning the day at 7:45am, we embarked on a 45 minute drive to Corkscrew Swamp, listening to our new favourite American radio station (Bob.fm) along the way, excited to find a range of animal species and to gain a further insight into the work carried out throughout the popular attraction. Arriving at the swamp, we… Continue reading Florida – Day Four 🇺🇸

Behaviour Ecology, University

Behavioural Ecology – Oystercatcher practical and measuring vigilance

A component of my second year Behavioural Ecology module (BSX-2018) was carrying out an Oystercatcher practical in order to learn more about, and measure, vigilance. Vigilance: The action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties Prior to the practical experiment, we learned about vigilance during a lecture. And, evidently, vigilance can easily… Continue reading Behavioural Ecology – Oystercatcher practical and measuring vigilance

Behaviour Ecology, University

Behavioural Ecology – Habituation and morphology in the green shore crab

In a component of my Behavioural Ecology module (BSX-2018) we began learning about habituation, one of my favourite subject areas, which we were then able to study through a practical experiment using green shore crabs obtained from The Menai Straits, North Wales. Habituation: Diminishing of an innate response to a frequently repeated stimulus. The experiment:… Continue reading Behavioural Ecology – Habituation and morphology in the green shore crab

The Florida Files, University

Florida – Day Three 🇺🇸

Today, we ventured out at 8:45am, filling our backpacks with cameras, swimwear, binoculars and (of course) plenty of water, amongst other zoologist necessities. Essential in the dazzling 40°c heat! The day was spent at Lovers Key, a barrier island consisting of three islands (Lovers Key, Inner Island and Black Island) - approximately a ten minute,… Continue reading Florida – Day Three 🇺🇸

The Florida Files, University

Florida – Day Two 🇺🇸

BAREFOOT BEACH RESERVE Following a well needed sleep after a lengthy (though enjoyable) travelling period, we were ready to embrace our first full day in Florida, whilst fending off jet lag! Meeting at 8am, lathered in sun cream and covered in protective gear, filling two buses we eagerly headed off to The Barefoot Beach Reserve.… Continue reading Florida – Day Two 🇺🇸