Saturday, 28 September 2013

Induction Week

Induction week is a hectic time for us with graduation on the Monday and our new cohort of students arriving on the Tuesday thus the tardiness of this post. The week is a mixture of formal and administrative activities for the new students mixed together with some lab skills, a quiz, a welcome party culminating with the annual trip to Mt Edgcumbe on the Friday. We get our students out in the field early! This year we based the activities around some of the OPAL surveys. These included water quality, air quality, tree health and the worm survey. The staff were around to offer advice and encouragement before lunch in the pub.

On the boat to Cornwall

Arriving at Mt Edgcumbe

Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology students

Dr Boden talking about how to use biodiversity as a proxy for water quality

Aeshnid larva (Dragonfly) from the pond

John Moody and Jane Beal helping students with their worm charming

Identifying worms

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