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Structure & Function in Marine Animals

Instructor: Dr. Sally Leys (UAlberta)

Overview:  This course is an introduction to principles underlying how the forms of animals are ‘designed’ to function effectively. We will explore the incredible diversity of animal phyla and learn what characterizes each major animal group. We will study animal phylogeny and discuss molecular and morphological approaches to classifying animals. We will learn about convergent evolution and homologous characters using examples from the vast range of species available to us. We will explore tissue structure, muscle systems, and biomineralization, and take a close look at the evolution of complex structures such as eyes. We will also learn about physiology focusing on respiration and metabolism, and with the help of filter feeders available around BMSC, we will be asking key questions including: How are animals adapted to their aquatic habitat? How do suspension feeders get enough food? And what are the adaptations that allow them to thrive in varying temperatures and food availability in different seasons? Finally, we will also explore how animals develop, and observe the development from embryos to larvae in a multitude of locally found invertebrate species. The course will have a strong laboratory component and provide training in techniques of microscopy and respirometry. Field trips will complement daily lectures, discussions and presentations.

University of Victoria:
MRNE 415 – Structure & Function in Animals
CRN #TBA


University of Calgary:
MRSC 515 – Struc/Function in Animals

You will be registered by your department


University of Alberta:
MA SC 415 – Structure & Function in Animals

You will be registered by your department


University of British Columbia
MRNE 415 – Structure & Function in Marine Animals

You will be registered by your department


Simon Fraser University
MASC 415-3 – Structure & Function in Animals

You will self register.

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