Environmental Biology of Fishes


This course presents an introductory study of fish. In particular, the course emphasizes the evolution and diversity of fishes, including their morphology, development, life history, behavior, and ecology.

The lab for this course focuses primarily on identification of Georgia Fishes.



FISH 4500/6500

This course 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.

In the lab for this course, students conduct experiments related to the physiology of fishes. The last several weeks of lab are devoted to students designing and running their own experiments using the techniques taught earlier in 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.

Georgia Fishes

Field Study

FISH 4650L/6650L

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.