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01.10.22 - 02.10.22
Citadel Hill Laboratory, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB

A two day series of talks and practical sessions aimed at giving an introduction to plankton organisms.

Marianne Wootton, Senior Analyst at CPR Survey and Training Coordinator for the Global Alliance of CPR Surveys, will be leading these sessions aimed at giving a very broad introduction to the wide range of planktonic organisms, both phytoplankton and zooplankton, which can be sampled by towing a fine-mesh net in the sea, their identification, biology, distribution and importance in the global ecosystem. A short excursion to collect live samples is included. 

Plankton are captivating organisms that spend some or all of their lives drifting in the sea currents. They play vital roles in marine food webs, how the planet functions, and are incredibly diverse and beautiful. It is easy to collect and observe plankton from the shore in the UK with some relatively inexpensive equipment. 

Some of the topics and activities include: 

  • Why we examine plankton
  • Collection and microscopic examination of live plankton 
  • Sub sampling and counting or organisms
  • Biodiversity of Plymouth Sound
  • Alien species and parasites 
Amongst others.

Marianne Wootton

Having worked for the organisation as a Plankton Analyst since 2002, Marianne has a wealth of experience in phytoplankton and zooplankton analysis from around the world. Her taxonomic expertise is regularly used to teach plankton identification to a wide range of learners, from university students to other research scientists. She is co-author on a plankton guide to the North Atlantic and, in collaboration with the NE Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control Scheme (NMBAQC), is the lead developer of a national zooplankton quality assurance scheme for zooplankton.

For further information, please visit the The Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom event page.

Cost and booking

This course is open to all but will be most relevant to those who are interested in plankton at a beginner level. There are limited places available so advanced registration is essential through the Eventbrite page.
  • Non-members - £195.00
  • MBA members - £150.00
  • Student MBA members - £125.00


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