Next offering: Spring 2019
Most fisheries problems occur and are addressed in definable habitats. The goal of FISH 312 is to examine a variety of North American aquatic habitats and explain the physical factors (such as temperature, substrate, salinity, etc.), biotic factors (chiefly predation and competition) and human-related factors (dams, pollution, water removal, fishing, logging, etc.) that affect the diversity and abundance of fishes and other aquatic organisms. We will thus explore the ways in which the important themes of basic and applied ecology are played out in different aquatic habitats.