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Biology of Sharks and Rays II: Form and Function

Course Numbers: CZMT - 0673 and OCMB - 6250

In this course we will survey the evolution and diversity of past and present sharks and rays and also examine distributions, environments inhabited, ecological roles, interactions within and among species, and review the life history characteristics of sharks and rays in relation to their occurrence and sustainability in fisheries with the overall goal of understanding the diversity of sharks and rays, their role in marine ecosystems and their interactions with humans (other than in terms of shark attack).

Learning objectives

Students will have:

    • A well-rounded understanding of the general biology of sharks and rays, with a focus on their evolution, diversity, life history and ecology.
    • An appreciation for the diversity of sharks and rays in terms of the habitats they occupy, the roles that they play in marine ecosystems, their interactions within populations as well as with other organisms, their role in fisheries and limits of their exploitation.
    • Be better prepared for careers in marine ecology, zoology, ichthyology, and fisheries management.
      Textbook:

      None

      Winter 2014 Syllabus