Sep 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

ENVSCI 393 - Ecophysiology and Conservation of Fishes

4 Credit(s) | Lecture and Laboratory |
Course can be counted for credit once

This course combines 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 examine the diversity and specialization of form and function among fishes, as well as basic lessons on reproduction and life history. Next we explore the physiological systems within fishes that enable an aquatic existence. Whenever possible, we 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 to think about how particular aspects of anatomy, physiology, and life history among the 28,000+ species of fish influence their relative ability to withstand specific conservation threats. This is a combined lecture and laboratory class. Students are required to register for both the lecture and laboratory section.

Enrollment Requirements:
Prerequisite: ENVSCI /ENVSTY 267L  or BIOL 290