Fertilization Ecology

Course Numbers: MEVS 5160, OCMB 6090

This course gives a general overview of fertilization ecology focusing in marine free‐spawning invertebrates and fish. Students will compare the many obstacles to reproductive success in free‐spawning marine organisms (i.e., distance, dilution, timing, egg location, species specificity, competition, prevention of polyspermy) to the potential benefits of this reproductive strategy. Topics covered in this course include: sperm chemotaxis, gamete recognition proteins, sperm competition, sperm motility, polyspermy, Allee Effect, gamete aging, fertilization models and the effect of hydrodynamics on fertilization. This course will consist of lecture, discussions, and laboratory experiments.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

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    Fall 2013 Syllabus