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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


BIOSM 4650 The Biology, Evolution, and Conservation of Sharks and Their Allies

Course description

(summer only) This course is only offered in the Summer Session.

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. Outcome 1: Outcome 1: Understanding of elasmobranch phylogeny and evolution. Outcome 2: Outcome 2: Knowledge of how evolution has resulted in a wide variety of elasmobranch anatomical, physiological and morphological specializations. Outcome 3: Outcome 3: Develop a working knowledge of the research methods used to advance understanding of shark biology, ecology and conservation. Outcome 4: Outcome 4: Understanding of shark research, objectives and study species in the Gulf of Maine


One course in vertebrate anatomy, marine biology, or ichthyology; or permission of instructor.


BIOSM 4650 801-FLD: Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory

Class dates:July 29-August 12, 2019
Exam dates:Will be provided by instructor (see Final exams)
Days/times:MTWRFSU 8:15 AM - 9 PM Other, Off-Campus
Grade:Student option
Instructor:Marshall, H.
Max. enroll:15
To enroll:See Marine Science - Shoals Marine Laboratory for enrollment information.

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