2020 Courses

  • Summer Session 2020 courses will be added throughout the winter.

Course description

This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

The last 30 years have produced an explosion of new information on the biology of the approximately 1,000 living species of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, which collectively make up the group Chondrichthyes. This course will cover advanced topics in the evolution, diversity, anatomy, functional morphology, neurobiology, sensory systems, behavior, reproduction, development, and conservation of cartilaginous fishes.

Outcome 1: Outcome 1: Understanding of elasmobranch phylogeny and evolution.

Outcome 2: Outcome 2: Knowledge of how evolution has resulted in a wide variety of elasmobranch anatomical, physiological and morphological specializations.

Outcome 3: Outcome 3: Develop a working knowledge of the research methods used to advance understanding of shark biology, ecology and conservation.

Outcome 4: Outcome 4: Understanding of shark research, objectives and study species in the Gulf of Maine


One course in vertebrate anatomy, marine biology, or ichthyology; or permission of instructor.


Summer 2020:

Section ID:BIOSM 4650 801-FLD
Program:Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory
Class dates:July 27-August 10, 2020
Due date:Monday August 10, 8 AM - 9 PM / Other, Off-Campus (see Final exams)
Time / room:MTWRFSU 8 AM - 9 PM / Other, Off-Campus
Grade:Student option
Max. enroll:15
To enroll:See Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory for enrollment information.

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