GBIO 660 - Sharks and Rays - Ecology, Classification and Evolution (3 Credits)
This course explores one of the most easily recognized marine species and star of many myths and legends: the shark, and its close relative, the ray. Students will learn how sharks and rays are related; how they navigate the dark seas; and, what other extraordinary sensory and reproductive features they share, through the scientific study of fossil and living animals.
Course topics covered include evolution and the fossil record; diversity of living sharks and rays; their search for food; mating and reproduction; and conservation and protection efforts. Students will learn about key science concepts such as diversity and adaptation; anatomy and morphology; fossil evidence; and, how to interpret and analyze data, and draw conclusions. The course utilizes a diverse array of Museum instructional resources in a structured distance-learning environment.