January 2007 announcementEdit

The Shoals Marine Laboratory Director Willy Bemis would like to announce the following courses:

The Diversity of Fishes: June 11-July 2, 2007 An intensive lecture, laboratory, and field course. Field and laboratory work is extensive and an independent paper on the anatomy and osteology of a local species of teleost is required. Lectures cover the basic anatomy and physiology of fishes with examples drawn from a wide variety of fishes from throughout the world. The course emphasizes the diversity of fishes in two aspects, diversity of evolutionary solutions to problems faced by fishes and the great diversity of different types of fishes that inhabit the world. Laboratory exercises cover the anatomy and osteology of teleost fishes and identification of local species. Field work is designed to demonstrate some of the many ways that fishes are collected and to provide material for identification in the laboratory. Each student selects a different local species of teleost fish to study and dissect and prepares a comprehensive paper on its morphology, soft anatomy, and osteology.

Faculty: Dr. Bruce Collette, National Marine Fisheries Service Systematics Laboratory, Smithsonian Institution

Marine Vertebrates: July 23-August 13, 2007 A course in marine vertebrate biology emphasizing laboratory studies, field collections or observations, and reading from current literature. General topics will include vertebrate evolution, ecology, conservation, and management of existing marine vertebrate populations. Special emphasis on Gulf of Maine species and their complex inter-relationships, with critical analysis of current issues in management including national and international economic and political aspects. The general curriculum is subdivided into three categories: (1) Systematics of Gulf of Maine fishes, elasmobranch biology, teleost skeleto-muscular structure and function, population biology and contemporary Gulf of Maine fisheries; (2) Biology of marine reptiles and birds, ecology and conservation of sea turtles, avian adaptations to life at sea and coloniality in sea birds; (3) Evolution and systematics of marine mammals, marine mammal anatomy, sensory biology and diving physiology, cetacean feeding behavior and ecology.

Faculty: Dr. John B. Heiser, Cornell University

Sharks: The Biology, Evolution and Conservation of Sharks and Their Allies. August 13-20, 2007

The last 30 years have produced an explosion of new information on the biology of the approximately 1000 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.

Faculty: Dr. John Morrissey, Hofstra University

For application and scholarship information, see the SML web site at: or email SML admissions: LHJ1@CORNELL.EDU