Environmental Biology of Fishes
EBF presents an introductory study of fish. In particular, the course emphasizes the evolution and diversity of fishes. Topics include fish classification, morphology, life history, behavior, and ecology. Freshwater, marine, and diadromous fish are all covered.
Environmental Biology of Fishes Lab
The lab for Environmental Biology of Fishes focuses primarily on identification of Georgia Fishes. Each week students will learn about a new group of fish found in the state. The curriculum covers native freshwater and marine fish, as well as some common invasive species.
Fish Physiology covers the basic anatomy and physiology of fishes. Material in the course addresses the adaptations that fish have evolved for living in aquatic environments, the physiology of major body systems, and a look at how environmental stress affects the physiological functions of fish.
Fish Physiology Lab
In the lab for Fish Physiology, students will conduct experiments related to the physiology of fishes. The curriculum covers a variety of topics and techniques, including swim performance, anesthesia, and respirometry. The last several weeks of lab are devoted to students developing and running their own experiments using the techniques learned during the semester.
Problem Solving for Field Biologists
Scientists working in the field often encounter technical obstacles during their research. Dr. Fox, developed this course to help new graduate students prepare for the challenges of conducting fieldwork for the first time. Discussions and activities focus on how to be prepared for situations that may arise in the field, and how to use creative thinking to resolve them. Students discuss case studies and develop their own solutions to a diverse selection real-world scenarios.
In this intensive Maymester field course, students learn fish collection and identification skills for Georgia's freshwater and coastal fishes. Habitats sampled include beach, estuaries, streams, and reservoirs within the Mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain. Emphasis is placed upon field techniques, but the course also includes some lab-based instruction and writing assignments. Dr. Fox has co-led the coastal habitats portion of this class for several years.