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Techniques in Invertebrate Identification

Course Numbers: OCMB 9904 CZMT 9904 MEVS 9904

An introduction to the morphological methods by which major groups of marine invertebrates are identified, with an emphasis on shallow-water species of the tropical Western Atlantic, and Florida in particular. Coursework includes laboratory dissections and analyses, understanding and application of various terminologies and diagnostic keys, and application to unidentified specimens. Living organisms will be included as appropriate.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of the course, students will have a clear understanding of:

  • The tools, procedures and terminologies involved in identifying a wide diversity of local marine invertebrates belonging to several major phyla including Porifera, Cnidaria, Annelida, Mollusca, Arthropoda, and Echinodermata, including a variety of diagnostic keys,
  • How to apply these tools to identification,
  • Collection, preparation and curation techniques for these organisms.

The course will contribute to the following Marine Biology program learning outcomes: Students successfully completing this course will acquire and demonstrate:

  • Effective communication skills;
  • Understanding of the scientific method;
  • An understanding of the taxonomy, natural history, and ecology of marine organisms;
  • In-depth knowledge of a specific aspect of marine biology.

Winter 2016 Syllabus

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