BIOSM 4650

BIOSM 4650

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2021-2022.

The last 30 years have produced an explosion of new information on the biology of the approximately 1,000 living species of sharks, skates, rays, and chimaeras, which collectively make up the group Chondrichthyes. This course will cover advanced topics in the evolution, diversity, anatomy, functional morphology, neurobiology, sensory systems, behavior, reproduction, development, and conservation of cartilaginous fishes.

When Offered Summer.

Prerequisites/Corequisites Prerequisite: at least one semester of major-level marine biology or vertebrate biology.

Distribution Category (PBS-AS, BIO-AS)
Course Attribute (CU-SBY)

Comments Please contact Shoals Marine Lab to assist with enrollment. Students will live at Shoals Marine Lab, Appledore Island, ME, for duration of this course.

  • Students will be able to describe elasmobranch phylogeny and evolution.
  • Students will be able to explain how evolution has resulted in a wide variety of elasmobranch anatomical, physiological and morphological specializations.
  • Students will develop skills and research methods used to advance understanding of shark biology, ecology and conservation.
  • Students will become familiar with current and pst shark research, and study elasmobranch species in the Gulf of Maine.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Summer Special Session 2. 

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  •  1420 BIOSM 4650   FLD 801

  • Instruction Mode: In Person
    Taught at Shoals Marine Lab. This Summer Session class is offered by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions. For details visit