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

Day one – Arriving in Florida 🇺🇸

Arriving at the meeting point following an agonising wait for the day to arrive, it was finally time to head to Florida, ready to engage in an incredible field course, offering new experiences and unforgettable memories. With it also being my first time in The US! 6am sharp, we were packed up and rearing to… Continue reading Day one – Arriving in Florida 🇺🇸