Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Marine Mammals (BIO4189.02)

Sara Bebus

Whales and dolphins evolved from a terrestrial deer-like mammal about 50 million years ago. In this course we will explore the unique evolutionary histories, ecological strategies, and conservation concerns of marine mammals. We will focus on cetaceans, a group comprised of 90 diverse species ranging the 88 lb. vaquita to the 165 ton blue whale. Topics will include, adaptations for marine environments, life history and reproduction, marine food webs, methods of study, social communities, communication, and consequences of human activities, such as overfishing and pollution.

Learning Outcomes:
Learn the evolutionary history of marine mammals
Understand their unique adaptations to marine environments
Recognize the impact of human activities on marine ecology
Become familiar with marine mammal research methods and techniques
Explore a topic of interest and communicate findings effectively

Delivery Method: Remotely accessible
Prerequisites: Previous science courses. Preference will be given to students who have Plans related to the course material.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: All courses , Biology , Remotely Accessible