BIO-3512 Early life of marine fish - 10 stp
Initially the course gives an introduction to the reproductive patterns and gonad development of fishes, followed by a detailed description of egg and larval development, metamorphosis, larval feeding, behaviour, growth, predation and starvation; including factors affecting these processes. Fish larval ecology, factors determining recruitment and sampling methods are also focused. Examples from the various themes are given from both field and experimental situations.
A laboratory course is included and both living and fixed gonads, eggs, larvae and juveniles from selected species are studied.
Objective of the course
After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- demonstrate broad insight in reproductive strategies and gonad development of marine fish
- describe embryo- and larval development of fish, including variations in developmental patterns between species
- understand the biology and functionality of early life history stages of fish
- summarize environmental factors that affect development and growth
- explain the causes for variable egg- and larval survival and growth in nature and culture
- have some insight into egg/larval sampling methodology and species identification
- produce scientific essay based on broad knowledge of relevant literature
Lectures Spring 2012
First attendance: Monday 16th of January at 12:15 in room D-110,NFH-building.