Tuesday 28 March 2017

Biosciences Seminar Speaker 30 March 2017


Bioscience Seminars will resume after the Easter break

Biosciences Seminar Series - Winter 2017
30 March 2017 - 1pm - Zoology Museum

Quantifying movement demands in elite sport: Highlighting Performance Issues

Professor Liam Kilduff

Spring has sprung so it's time to conclude the winter seminar series - and for that we are delighted to welcome Professor Liam Kilduff, a sport scientist from the College of Engineering at Swansea University. Liam is keenly interested in finding out what makes elite athletes excel - and how to use this information to help them train to perform even better. His research interests range from Strength and Power Development to Recovery Strategies to pre-conditioning strategies and athlete monitoring. His 'study systems' include fencing (e.g. see here), international netball players and professional rugby union players (e.g. see here).

This presentation will focus on the role of microtechnology within elite and professional sport and demonstrate how this technology is allowing both the
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researcher and practitioner to work in synergy. It will highlight how microtechnology is currently helping identify key performance issues and the toolbox of strategies developed to provide performance solutions, with a focus on the 4 key performance pillars. 

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming seminars see here

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Biosciences Seminar Speaker 23 March 2017

Biosciences Seminar Series - Winter 2017
23 March 2017 - 1pm - Zoology Museum

Marine mammals in Wales: status and conservation

Dr Thomas Stringell

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Our winter term seminars continue with a seminar by Dr Thomas StringellZoologist, Marine Biologist and Senior Marine Mammal Ecologist at Natural Resources Wales (NRW), a UK Statutory Nature Conservation Body. At NRW Tom is tasked to provide national advice on marine mammal issues, especially for marine industry developments (e.g. see here). To this Tom brings a wide research experience in marine systems, including biodiversity monitoring for MPAs (sub-tidal reefs, saline lagoons, biogenic reefs, marine vertebrates - e.g. see here), and the conservation and biology of marine turtles and marine mammals (e.g. see here and here). 

Several marine mammal species are found in Wales, but three species are routinely considered in environmental assessments: the bottlenose dolphin, the harbour porpoise and the grey seal. In this talk, I'll outline some of the anthropogenic threats and pressures facing these species in Wales and UK,
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including underwater noise and collision with renewable energy devices, and highlight some unusual natural causes of mortality. I'll describe some of the monitoring work that Natural Resources Wales contracts out. Based on the threats they face and the results of our monitoring, I'll conclude on the conservation status of marine mammals in Wales.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming seminars, see here, and here

Tuesday 21 March 2017

Biosciences Science Club Events 21 March 2017

Biosciences Science Club Series - Winter 2017
21 March 2017 - 1pm - Zoology Museum

Engineering an ecosystem engineer: Impacts of green turtle grazing on tropical seagrasses

Dr Marjolijn Christianen

Photo from National Geographic

We do have a visiting scientist from the Netherlands this week, Dr Marjolijn Christianen from the University of Gronenginen in the Netherlands, and she kindly agreed to show us her research on sea turtles and their ecosystem effects.

Large mega-herbivores such as green turtles can be critical ecosystem engineers of seagrass ecosystems, with the ability to modify direct and indirect functional pathways. While global populations of turtles are declining, some show remarkable local recoveries with dramatic consequences for the systems they inhabit. In this talk I will discuss the role of mega-herbivores in tropical seagrass ecosystems, by using examples from field experiments in Indonesia and the Caribbean.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming Science Club Events, see here