Marine Mammals (Biol 359)

Pacific Rim Campus - Summer Session II

Course Description

Biology, behavior, ecology, identification, and conservation of the marine mammals of the Pacific Rim. This study area covers some major habitats in Puget Sound and the Salish Sea, with attention to the diving physiology, social behavior, and communications of whales and seals. The course aims to develop a stewardship perspective rooted in biological principles and directed at the global conservation of marine mammals and their ecosystems. Special attention is given to their use by cultures of the region in order to understand current issues. Prerequisite: one year of general biology or one semester of zoology. A course in anatomy and/or physiology is recommended.  Field.

Professor: Prof. Beth Horvath
Meets: Tuesday & Friday

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Knowledge Gained

  • Taxonomy and phylogeny of marine mammals
  • Anatomical and physiological adaptations for diving response
  • Distribution, behavioral and population dynamics of marine mammals

Skills Developed

  • Field observation of marine mammals
  • Marine data collection and analysis

Field Experiences

  • Coupeville Wharf - Marine skeletal display
  • Lime Kiln State Park and Lighthouse (multiple visits)


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