Shark and Ray Biology

Prerequisites: One course in general/organismal biology (or equivalent).

This course focuses on the biology of sharks and rays, focusing on regional shark fauna and field techniques. Topics include chondrichthyan origin, systematics, sensory biology, locomotion, food consumption, osmoregulation, reproductive biology, life history, ecology, fisheries, and conservation. Lectures will include discussions of primary literature and field techniques through longline and gillnet sampling. As well as shark identification.