Face to face
Wallingford (tbc)


from £799


Summer 2023


UKCEH Wallingford, Maclean Building, Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10 8BB, UK UKCEH

Bangor & Lancaster on request (subject to enough expressions of interest)


Students: £799       
Professionals: £899
Group discounts available!
(The above prices are early bird discount prices. Thereafter £100 more)
UKCEH can provide more specific training online and in person. Please contact Dr Ingo Schüder via UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk or call +44 (0)1491 69 2225 to explore your needs.


July 2023 (4 days from Monday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime; tbc)

Please express your interest in this course here so we can fix a date.

Short Course Description

This four-day course over 5 days will cover the following activities:
Day 1 Introduction to freshwater phytoplankton groups, theoretical concepts about photosynthetic pigments and analytical methods
Day 2 Exploration of phytoplankton groups and analytical methods from UKCEH pond samples
Day 3 Field trip to a lake, sampling and microscopy
Day 4 Field trip to the River Thames, sampling and microscopy
Day 5 Comparative analysis of the phytoplankton communities of pond, lake and river habitats.
You will spend the majority of the time in the lab, looking through the microscope and identifying freshwater phytoplankton.

Learning Outcome

By the end of the course, you will have experience with various methods for sampling and analysing freshwater algae, and have acquired practice and knowledge about microscopic identification.


1.    Learn the different techniques used for sampling freshwater phytoplankton from different habitats
2.    Gain knowledge on the different phytoplankton groups and how to identify and count them using microscopy.
3.    Explore other methods of analysing phytoplankton, including flow cytometry and photosynthetic pigments analysis
4.    Introduction to rotifers and zooplankton


The is maximum of 10  learners per event

Target Audience

•    Water companies
•    Monitoring agencies such as the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales  and SEPA
•    Rivers Trusts
•    Consultancies engaged in river monitoring and assessment work
•    Academics, including MSc and PhD students


Beginner (previous experience of using microscopes and scientific ID keys will be helpful, but is not necessary)

Hardware and Software requirements

You do not need to bring any equipment. You may wish to bring a laptop for taking notes and your phone to take pictures.

Course Leader

Dr Isabelle Fournier, Freshwater biogeochemist, UKCEH.
Isabelle’s  expertise is the response of freshwater micro-organisms to changes in their environment, caused by both natural variation and anthropogenic perturbations.
Isabelle has been identifying freshwater algae for 7 years. She learned from experience and through a workshop by John D. Wehr (author of the book Freshwater algae of North America: Ecology and classification). 

Other information

UKCEH will provide lunch and refreshments. 
We will ask learners to use their own vehicle (or using car sharing) to drive to the nearby sample sites.

If you would like to arrange for an in-house training workshop on this topic, please contact Dr Ingo Schüder  UKCEHtraining@ceh.ac.uk or call 01491 69 2225