ESCI 425: Environmental Biology of Fishes

Winter Quarter

Instructor: Leo Bodentseiner
Office: ES442 Phone: 650-7375 email: Leo.Bodensteiner@wwu.edu
Office hours: TBA (sign-up near door) and by appointment
Text: Behavior and Ecology of Pacific Salmon and Trout  by Thomas Quinn
Course description: the morphological, physiological, and behavioral adaptations of fish to environmental conditions and response to envrionmental changes, particularly those anthropogenically caused.
Grades
1. Midterm examination35%
2. Final examination40%
3. Writing assignments25%
Grading: A 92+; A- 90+; B+ 88+; B 83+; B- 80+; C+ 78+; C 73+; C- 70+; D 60+; F <60

Topics

Source Material

Introduction to course
Morphology of fishes
Diversity and genetic relationships
Ch. 1
Lecture and handouts
Lecture and handouts
Physiological and behavioral ecology
Physical and chemical constraints
Feeding
Bioenergetics
Daily and seasonal activity
2
3
4
5

MIDTERM EXAM
Growth
Reproduction
6
7
Population dynamics
Predators and parasites
Competitors
Dynamics
Life history strategies
8
9
10
11
Community ecology
Fish communities

12

FINAL
Writing Assignments
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