Biology of Fishes
Fishes are the most diverse group of vertebrates on the planet, encompassing some 30,000+ species. Aimed at 3rd and 4th year students, material delivered in this course will enable participants to learn about the evolution of fishes, basics of fish physiology (including locomotion, reproduction, gas exchange, osmoregulation, buoyancy regulation, sensory systems, and more), principles of fisheries ecology as well as special topics in fisheries conservation.
From soil geology and river flow patterns to macroinvertebrate functional feeding groups and water chemistry, material presented in this 3rd/4th year teaches students about the dynamics of freshwater ecosystems.
Comparative Vertebrate and Environmental Physiology
Fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds, mammals. This course explores each of these groups in the context of similarities and differences in their physiologies. Units include nervous systems, endocrine and exocrine systems, reproductive systems, metabolism and digestion, osmoregulation, thermoregulation and more.