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Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2019-2020.
Introduction to the biology and conservation of the whales and seals, with a particular focus on species of the Gulf of Maine. Lectures will examine many facets of marine mammal science including: taxonomy and species diversity, morphological and physiological adaptations for life in the sea, foraging ecology and behavior, reproductive cycles, bioacoustics, anthropogenic interactions, and management of threatened species. Land and open-water observations of whale and seal behavior will give students hands-on opportunities to study marine mammals in the field. Laboratory work, including dissections, may also occur pending the availability of samples.
When Offered Summer.
Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: One semester of college-level biology, physiology and/or ecology or equivalent, e.g. BIOEE 1780/BIOSM 1780; BIOEE 1610/BIOSM 1610; BIOG 1440, or similar.
Distribution Category (BIOLS-AG, PBS-AS)
- Students can identify and explain morphological and physiological adaptations to life in seawater that are specific to marine mammals.
- Students can discuss the evolutionary history of cetacean and pinniped marine mammals.
- Students can describe the ecology of the Gulf of Maine based on seasonal patterns of productivity and resource availability.
- Students can explain important aspects of the biology and ecology of marine mammals, including foraging habits and reproductive cycles of local species.
- Students can identify the anthropogenic threats faced by marine mammals, including historic exploitation and current sources of mortality from human interactions.
- Students can describe current conservation issues and management efforts for local marine mammal species.
Summer Special Session 2.
Credits and Grading Basis
3 Credits Stdnt Opt(Letter or S/U grades)
Class Number & Section Details
- Jun 22 - Jul 17, 2020
Instruction Mode: Distance Learning-Synchronous
This Online Summer Session class is offered by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For details visit http://www.sce.cornell.edu/ss/courses/courses.php?v=3290
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