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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENVSCI 693 - Ecophysiology and Conservation of Fishes

4 Credit(s)

Broadly, this course will combine fundamental lessons on fish ecology and physiology with an applied conservation focus, centering on anthropogenic disturbances threatening biodiversity in today’s aquatic ecosystems. After an initial review of the basic physical properties of aquatic environments, we will examine the diversity and specialization of form and function among fishes, as well as basic lessons on reproduction and life history. Next we will explore the physiological systems within fishes that enable an aquatic existence. Wherever possible, we will integrate case studies on anthropogenic threats and their direct and/or indirect effects on physiology, fitness, survival and ultimately the conservation and management of different fish species. Students will be encouraged often to think about how particular aspects of anatomy, physiology and life history among the 28,000+ species of fish influence the relative ability to withstand specific conservation threats. Students should have completed an undergraduate - level ecology course prior to enrolling in this course. This is a combined lecture and lab course. Students are required to register for both the lecture and laboratory.