Marine animal physiology
15 credits cr.
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In this course you will ponder the amazing array of strategies used by marine organisms to meet the challenges imposed by their physical environment. The major focus is to discuss unique, and often bizarre, physiological and morphological adaptive solutions to problems encountered by animals living in marine environments.
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The course is an exciting comparative look at how natural selection produces the extraordinary adaptations seen in marine animals, and how these may fare under climate change.
This course emphasizes how integrating evolution, ecology and physiology allows understanding of evolutionary history of organisms and forecast of future responses to synergistic environmental stressors. You will explore physiological and morphological adaptive solutions to oxygen, temperature, water balance, buoyancy, locomotion, feeding and sensory problems in marine animals. This course will include lectures, discussions of primary literature, and group projects. The group projects will focus on eco-physiological and biomechanical lab experiments using marine organisms (fishes and invertebrates). Students will collect, analyze and present data in a manuscript as well as in a presentation during a mini-symposium.
The course consists of two parts:
Part 1. Theory, 10 hp
Part 2. Laboratory projects, 5 hp
This course includes lectures, group discussions, presentations and projects.
After completion of the course the student is expected to 1) describe the relationship between morphology and function in marine animals, 2) explain how abiotic, biotic and anthropogenic factors affect marine populations, and 3) be proficient in laboratory methods in marine eco-physiology.
You will be assessed based on one exam, your research project and manuscript, presentations, discussions and/or weekly quizzes based on readings.
Valentina Di Santo
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After the course
Students in my course have the possibility to discuss continuing the project started during class in my lab. Read more about the Di Santo Lab here: www.valentinadisanto.com
ContactStudent officeStudy counsellor (advanced level)