FISH SWIMMING: Kinematics, Ecomorphology, Behavior & Environmental Physiology

July 17th – August 18th, 2017
5 weeks: M-F 8-5; S 8-12
FHL/FISH 528 (9 credits)

Dr. Paolo Domenici (CNR, Italian National Research Council, Italy)
Dr. John Steffensen (University of Copenhagen, Denmark).

Course description: Fish swimming is a multidisciplinary area of research that encompasses biomechanics, physiology, ecology and behavior. Knowledge of fish swimming is relevant both for students interested in mechanisms of locomotion, and those interested in locomotor adaptations to the environment.

The main subjects will be:

  1. the kinematics and performance of swimming in fish using various locomotory modes,
  2. the ecomorphology of fish locomotion,
  3. locomotor strategies,
  4. metabolic aspects of fish swimming, and
  5. the effect of various environmental factors on fish swimming.

These topics will be treated in lectures and laboratory sessions. Students will learn techniques of video analysis, kinematics, energetics and respirometry. The first half of the course will have an emphasis on lectures and explanations of techniques for studying fish swimming in the laboratory. In the second half of the course, emphasis will be placed on laboratory work. Students will pursue independent research projects. Enrollment will be limited to 15 graduate students or postdocs.

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Application review begins February 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted after Feb. 1 if space is available.