This material was first developed as part of a larger palaeolimnology course at University College London. The case studies were chosen from published accounts in the scientific literature.

The content is divided into a theoretical and practical session.


Theoretical Objectives

  • Introduction to cladoceran morphology and systematics

  • Introduction to the modern ecology of the Cladocera

  • Principles for the application of cladoceran analysis to palaeoecological studies

  • Casestudies- Eutrophication/Pesticides Acidification Climate Change

  • Further Reading

Practical Objectives

  • Introduction to cladoceran morphology

  • Access to important taxonomic and ecological literature

  • The principles of cladoceran analysis in palaeoecological studies

  • To develop an ability to recognise and identify exoskeletal components

  • To recognise common taxa

  • To recognise different species communities from sites of different trophic status