BB542: Life of fishes
Students taking the course are expected to have:basic-level light microscopy skills, and to be able to use Microsoft Excel and Word, and Blackboard.
- Establish an introductory understanding of the evolutionary history, diversity, lifehistory, and population biology and ecology of freshwater and marine fishes;
- Understand the interplay between native and introduced fishes and their environments;
- Understand how to use a range of research methods in studies of marine and freshwater fishes;
- Formulate simple sampling designs;
- Conduct field and laboratory studies to examine the population ecology of selected species;
- Carry out qualitative and quantitative measurements on populations of selected animals; and
- Present and evaluate own data, and write a report.
Expected learning outcome
- Understand the evolutionary context and diversity of modern-day fishes;
- Describe a range of lifehistory modes in marine and freshwater fishes;
- Discriminate between different parts of fish lifecycles, and the processes regulating community structure and abundances in each;
- Understand ways in which fishes influence their own environment;
- Understand the impacts of invasive pest fishes;
- Carry out qualitative and quantitative measurements on populations of selected estuarine fishes;
- Design sampling programs to investigate anthropogenic or natural environmental impacts on fishes; and
- Collect and process their own fish field data, present and evaluate these, and produce a scientific report.
- Evolutionary history and diversity of modern-day fishes
- Fish community structures
- Lifehistory modes and lifecycles
- The egg and larval lifecycle phases
- Population replenishment
- Juvenile and adult lifecycle phases
- How fishes use different habitats
- Anthropogenic and natural environmental impacts on fish
- Influence of fishes on their environment
- Impacts of invasive fishes
- Research methods, in the field and laboratory
- Application of ecological data to the management of freshwater and marine species
Helfman, G.S., Collette, B.B., Facey, D.E. & Bowen, B.W. 2009. The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution, and Ecology. Second Edition. Wiley-Blackwell, Chicheser, UK. xvi + 720 pp
See Blackboard for syllabus lists and additional literature references.
Prerequisites for participating in the exam b)
Attendance on the Gyldensteen excursion - two days
Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)
Excursion to Fjord & Bælt
Exam element a)
|Type||Prerequisite name||Prerequisite course|
|Examination part||Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)||N100047101, BB542: Life of fishes|
|Examination part||Prerequisites for participating in the exam b)||N100047101, BB542: Life of fishes|
Portfolio consisting of theoretical exam and a report
No restrictions for the report.
The examination form for re-examination may be different from the exam form at the regular exam.
Indicative number of lessons
- Completion of assessment tasks outside of formal class-time
- Lecture revision
- Examination preparation