Biology of Fishes (MAR 331) and Lab (MAR 331L)
Ichthyology encompasses the study of fishes, including major groups such as the jawless, cartilaginous and bony fishes. Lecture material will cover morphology, physiology, development, behavior, evolution, and ecology of this diverse group of vertebrates. Laboratory work will center on identification of field collected specimens in order to become familiar with the major fish families in both the fresh and marine waters of Maine. The course objectives are to develop a broad knowledge of the adaptations of fishes to their environment, to develop knowledge of the scientific classification of fishes, to develop species identification skills, and to develop critical thinking skills related to fish ecology.
Biology of Sharks, Skates, and Rays (MAR 376)
This specialized course provides an overview of elasmobranch biology with an emphasis on anatomy, physiology, and ecology of sharks, skates, and rays. A comparative approach will be used to illustrate the similarities and fascinating differences between these animals and other organisms within their environment. The uniqueness of this group and their adaptations will be demonstrated through selected topics that will be addressed using lecture/discussion of contemporary literature.
Fisheries Management (MAR 432)
This course is designed to acquaint students with contemporary fisheries management concepts and practices with emphasis on techniques (both lab and field) used to assess the biological characteristics of fish populations, Atlantic Northwest commercial fishing methods, and the economic aspects of the U.S. commercial fishing industry. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and applications of ecosystem management, biological diversity, the Endangered Species Act, and habitat restoration, as they apply to fisheries management.
Fisheries Techniques (MAR 401)
This class is designed to provide the student with practical experience in the theory and application of present-day sampling techniques used in the management of sport fish. This course emphasizes hands-on learning and will immerse the student in the study of field techniques which are most commonly used by resource management agencies and those which students may be expected to master as future marine scientists working in coastal waters on sport fish species (e.g., tuna and sharks). As part of this class, students will learn basic boating skills, how to deploy and repair various gear, tie knots, and handle different species of live fish.
Marine Biology (MAR 250) and Lab (MAR 250L)
This course examines the biology, morphology, diversity, and evolution of marine organisms. Focus is placed on the marine flora and fauna in and along the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Lecture and laboratory emphasize hands-on, place-based, experiential studies that employ field and lab methodologies to explore the interaction between organisms and with the environment.