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Fish Evolution and Ecology

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
ECTS points
Level 6
Module lead
Christopher Goatley
Academic year

Module overview

This module focuses on the exceptional diversity of forms and functions of fishes, how they evolved and how best to study them in the field and lab. Using a combination of lectures, laboratory exercises, and field trips, we will begin by exploring how geological and climatic events in Earth's history are associated with the evolution of major fish lineages. We will then shift focus to consider how fish interact with their habitats and evaluate different techniques we can apply to study the community composition and functional ecology of fishes. Students will leave this module with an appreciation of the extensive diversity of fishes and a knowledge of how their evolutionary history has shaped marine and aquatic ecosystems around the world.

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