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 Oceanographic Center self directed and self-scheduled laboratory study will be required.
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
Digital underwater camera or case waterproof to 30' (available for $20-$40)
Melissa Bofto and Julio Perez
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8000 North Ocean Drive
Dania Beach, FL 33004
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