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Tropical Marine Fish Ecology

Course Numbers: MEVS - 5000, OCMB - 6120, and CZMT - 0690

This course will cover the ecology of tropical fishes, including coastal, estuarine, mangrove and pelagic fishes. Emphasis is on identification and natural history of local species. Current theories on distribution and abundance will be discussed in addition to ecological theory. This course has a field component and upon return to the Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanographyr self directed and self-scheduled laboratory study will be required.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to identify most local fishes in both field and laboratory settings
  • Understand the major historical and current determinants of coral reef fish distribution
  • Understand the general ecology of coral reef fishes and the specific ecology of representative species
  • Become familiar with current themes and directions in reef-fish research
  • Gain an appreciation of hypothesis-testing experimentation in a coral reef or inshore setting


Required - Humann, P. and Deloach, D. 2002. Reef Fish Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas 3rd Ed. New World Publications. ISBN: 1878348302

Additional requirements:

Digital underwater camera or case waterproof to 30' (available for $20-$40)

Summer 2015 Syllabus

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