Biology: Ecology and Evolution

Consider how organisms interact with one another and their physical environment. 
Topics may include Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Molecular Ecology, Behavioural Ecology and Population Genetics.
Course objectives:
  • To consider how organisms interact with one another and their physical environment
  • To investigate how research has provided an understanding of the evolution of life on Earth and of natural processes that shape biodiversity
  • To provide opportunities for students to develop their independent research and study skills in preparation for university level education
Course dates 
3 - 7 June 2019
Course format
  • The course will be delivered using a variety of methods including; interactive lectures, group discussions, a guest speaker and an outside visit to a relevant organisation/institution. 
  • Topics may include; Ecosystems, Biodiversity, Molecular Ecology, Behavioural Ecology and Population Genetics.A central component will be to prepare a group presentation related to the course content.
Course tutors
Ellen Bell is currently undertaking a PhD in Biomolecular Sciences at UEA.  She completed her BSc in Biology at the University of Nottingham and MSc in Aquatic Ecotoxicology at the University of Hull before working in the industrial sector as an Environmental Report Writer.  Her current research is within Evolutionary Biology and focuses on immune gene diversity and parasite load in a group of neo-tropical catfishes.  

 Becky Lewis is also currently working on her PhD at UEA, following her masters' degree in Natural Sciences (also at UEA). Her PhD investigates how flour beetles adapt to higher temperatures, using experimental evolution techniques. 
With thanks to our supporters, the costs of our courses are subsidized. The price of £325 includes accommodation, tutoring, trips and all meals. 

Students at fee paying schools will need to pay the full cost of £817.
Student feedback
"During the course I found myself able to escape the rut of studying just to pass exams. I found a new zeal for learning and a lust for knowledge that I had somehow lost. I am so grateful for that." 

"The teaching was absolutely brilliant. It really challenged me to think way beyond A Level and also at the real-life applications of the topics we studied." 
Applications closing date
5 April 2019

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