This course is an introduction to organisms living in saltwater ecosystems. Topics include in-depth studies of marine ecosystems and organisms, including physiology, behavior, and ecology. Emphases will be placed on marine environmental issues and the adaptive and evolutionary mechanisms of organisms that allow them to occupy marine habitats. Field labs include trips to local habitats, aquaria, seafood markets, and/or fishing fleets.
Field WorkCountry: Portugal
Day: 4 - Lisbon, Tuesday, 24 June
- Identify organisms in local fisheries, including major groups of fish and invertebrates
- Describe the biodiversity and adaptations of local fish and invertebrate fauna on display, and compare to those of fish markets in previous ports
- Observe the gear and infer methods used by local fishers
- Assess the importance of fisheries to local economy
- Possibly dissect a shark/bony fish and learn basic shark anatomy
- Identify major groups of mammals, birds, fish, invertebrates, and plants
- Observe behavior of captive organisms
- Describe the biodiversity and adaptations of representative faunas
- Summarize basic methods of captive biology of marine organisms, including capture techniques and maintenance in captivity
- Reinforce basics of community ecology, including species diversity and richness, predator prey interactions, etc.
- Reinforce concepts of marine conservation in the region and the roles of marine reserves in preserving biodiversity
- Reinforce concepts on the impacts of climate change on marine ecosystems, as well as other human impacts
- Hear an international expert on shark conservation discuss global and national issues relevant to the topic, including overfishing, finning, and ocean acidification and other climate change impacts.
- Discuss the ethics, art, and science of capturing and transporting marine life to large aquaria, as Dr. Correia does in his business, Flying Sharks.