FHL 528 | Summer B 2018

Fish Biomechanics 2018

Credits: 9

Instructor(s): Dr. Adam Summers , Dr. Alice Gibb


The course will use the diverse marine fish community of the San Juan Islands as a tool to explore the relationship between functional morphology and ecology. Students in the course will learn:

  1. the evolutionary history and relationships of the major radiations of bony and cartilaginous fishes;
  2. basic ecological principles as they relate to fish biology;
  3. tools and techniques for collecting fishes;
  4. basic morphology of cartilaginous and bony fishes;
  5. tools and techniques of functional morphology.

For the first several weeks of the course there will be daily lectures and field trips to familiarize students with the basic tools and animals that they will need for the latter portion of the course. For the second half of the course students will pursue an independent research project.

A variety of projects will be suggested but it is also possible to come up with a completely original project based on personal interest. In the past, projects have covered a wide range of topics including ecology, eco-morphology, comparative physiology, comparative morphology and functional morphology. The course will culminate in an oral and written presentation of the results of the research project. This course has historically enjoyed a strong place in the training of functional morphological researchers and the learning goals reflect this.

Enrollment is limited to 15 students. No textbook is required for this course.

Instructors for the course are:

Dr. Adam Summers
University of Washington
Friday Harbor Laboratories

Dr. Alice Gibb
Northern Arizona University
Department of Biology