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MSMS 6007 Marine Mammalogy

Fall 2020 - Dr. Amy Hirons

Marine Mammalogy

Marine Mammalogy
MSMS 6007
Fall 2022

This course provides an overview of the evolution, natural history, anatomy, physiology, biomedicine, husbandry, pathology, and conservation of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and their allies. Graduate students are required to contribute to classroom lectures through a review of primary literature and presentation on specialized subjects directly related to the taught material. Numerous case-studies are used to illustrate concepts such as aquatic mammal diseases, direct and indirect anthropogenic impacts, and translation from terrestrial to marine ecosystems. Students will have a broad understanding of marine mammals, their role in a variety of ecosystems, and the environmental issues related to their need for conservation.

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Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe the taxonomy, evolution, and natural history of the major groups of marine mammals.
  2. Describe the anatomical and physiological adaptations for diving, fasting and reproduction in marine mammals.
  3. Identify and describe the major families of marine mammals, and provide additional information on the biology, conservation, and management of selected species of marine mammals.
  4. Provide an in-depth description of the biology, conservation, and protection of cetacean, pinniped, and sirenian species.
  5. Identify the major threats to marine mammals and marine mammal populations worldwide and provide literate discussion in oral and written formats.

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