2020 Courses

  • Winter Session 2020 course rosters will be available in late September.
  • Summer Session 2020 course rosters will be available in November.

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 2019:

Section ID:BIOSM 4650 801-FLD
Program:Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory
Class dates:July 29-August 12, 2019
Days/times:MTWRFSU 8:15 AM - 9 PM
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Marshall, H.
Max. enroll:15

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