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BIOLOGY SUBJECT SPOTLIGHT

Marine life: Battling zombie parasites and pollution
with Professor Alex Ford & Dr Nicolai Roterman from University of Portsmouth

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In this Subject Spotlight, Professor Alex Ford and Dr Nicolai Roterman present a lecture from the University of Portsmouth’s BSc Marine Biology course, with a keen focus upon localised marine issues, habitat restoration, pollution and marine biodiversity. You will learn about symbiotic relationships, looking at parasites, commensalism and mutualism, and the impact of pollution on the marine environment, as well as why we are rewilding the sea, and the interaction between biodiversity and climate change. As part of this unique, fascinating and interactive Subject Spotlight, you will also complete an activity in which you will consider logical solutions to some of the most pressing marine biology issues of our times. Professor Alex Ford will also give you an overview of possible careers as a result of embarking on this course at the University of Portsmouth.

Professor Alex FordUniversity of PortsmouthBiology

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1. An introduction to symbiotic relationships
2. Parasites & pollutants that can change behaviour and sex
3. Marine habitat restoration
4. Activity

About the university


University of Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth

Based in the heart of the UK's only island city, the University of Portsmouth is committed to giving every student a life-changing experience. Outstanding teaching and wide-ranging support make for a lively community where students develop skills and confidence for a rewarding career. The campus is a compact site that's interwoven with the city and is just steps away from the beautiful seafront. Portsmouth is committed to their students’ futures too, with 94% of graduates in work or further study, and they offer a broad range of degrees across subjects including business, creative and cultural industries, humanities, law, sciences, social sciences, and technology. Learners will be able to access plenty of options for professional development through placement, work experience and volunteer opportunities. In addition, a dedicated careers and employability service is on hand with expert advice so Portsmouth's students are well placed for success and are given support well beyond graduation.

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Professor Alex Ford

Professor Alex Ford is a Professor of Biology who investigates how humans impact the environment. He has over 20 years experience in academia and has expertise in marine biology, parasitology and environmental toxicology. Using crustaceans primarily as study organisms, he has discovered new parasites that can change the sex and behaviour of marine life. He has determined the impacts of a wide range of pollutants on wildlife from pesticides, plastics, radiation through to compounds found in prescription and illegal drugs. He has served as an editor for several journals and an independent expert to government, industry and conservation charities.

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