University of Oxford Ecological Survey Techniques Programme

University of Oxford Ecological Survey Techniques Programme

Looking to change career or need that boost to progress?

Applications are invited for the 2017 Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques (online and face-to-face).

The course is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and confidence necessary to conduct informed ecological field surveys. It also aims to enable students to quantify and analyse data in order to effectively assess and monitor biodiversity and ecosystems.

As a part-time course delivered through a mixture of face-to-face, online and experiential learning, the PGCert is highly attractive to professionals based overseas looking to develop their careers while managing multiple commitments.

 Features include:

  • Introductory week in Oxford with Wytham Woods field trip and training in GIS using QGIS
  • Online modules in Field Techniques for Surveying Vegetation, Mammals and Reptiles, Fish and Amphibians, Invertebrates, and Birds
  • An online module in Data Analysis with R and QED Statistics
  • An independent field project
  • Individual tutorials
  • Access to the University of Oxford Bodleian Libraries online library resources (including e-books and e-journals)

 Key modules are also available throughout the year as standalone online short-courses led by an experienced ecologist or practitioner in the following areas:

Expert training for professionals, practitioners and researchers seeking to improve their ability to display ecological data and use statistics to analyse the results from field surveys. The course provides a thorough introduction to the key statistical principals and methods used by ecologists and field biologists with the open source software QED statistics and R.

This course enables students to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to conduct effective surveys of vegetation enabling them to choose the correct sampling strategies for a given vegetation sampling investigation. The course offers expert training from a practical perspective, providing beginning to end coverage of vegetation surveys, and gives initial considerations and sampling strategies, an evaluation of a wide range of surveying methods and techniques, and guidance on analysing, handling and storing data.

This course is designed to equip students with the skills, techniques and know-how necessary to undertake surveys of mammal and reptile populations or individuals with confidence. The course aims to enable students to make their own spatial and temporal observations and recordings of mammals and reptiles, and will explore how to design appropriate sampling strategies and protocols.

This course offers detailed training in passive and non-passive bird surveying techniques, including group-based counts, and transect and aerial surveys, and mist-netting, cannon-netting and tagging as well as bird survey design and reporting results. The course will provide the expertise and essential know-how needed by the skilled practitioner in bird conservation and ecology.

This course provides in-depth training in fish and amphibian surveying and sampling from initial considerations through to methods and techniques, sampling strategies and reporting. It covers a wide range of fish survey techniques for use in marine and freshwater environments including netting, trapping, electrofishing, and egg estimates. For amphibians, the course covers observational techniques, netting and trapping, and calls.

This course offers expert-led training in invertebrate surveying techniques from planning and preparations through to sampling strategies, surveying methods and reporting. Topics covered include interception and responsive trapping techniques, identification and taxonomic considerations, habitat description and evaluation, managing specimens, and analysing and interpreting data.


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