Shark Behavior and Conservation
This course is a survey of the natural history, biology, behavior, ecological and social importance, threats, and conservation of sharks. Coursework will consist of both academic discussions and field work designed to introduce you to the methods and equipment that researchers commonly use for shark research. Although the characteristics and ecology of local shark species will be stressed, we will also examine global populations and their relationships with humans.
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- Examine sharks and their relatives from an interdisciplinary perspective that will include comparative anatomy, physiology, ecology, animal behavior, conservation and related international policy.
- Survey similarities and differences among major shark groupings and what characteristics distinguish them, including a side-by-side comparison of differences between bony fishes and cartilaginous fishes.
- Understand the importance of diversity and apex predators in maintaining “top-down control” and thus the ecological health of these tropical marine ecosystems.
- Examine the use of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), with a specific focus on the Shark Reef Marine Reserve (SRMR), in shark conservation and the importance of connectivity of marine habitats for protection of mobile marine animals.
- Understand the importance of sharks and their role in Fijian culture.
- Introduction to Fiji
- Introduction to marine reserves Shark Reef Marine Reserve (SRMR)
- Marine biology overview
- Shark natural history
- Shark biology
- Shark behavior and ecological importance
- Shark research and data analysis
- Sharks and Fijian culture
- Shark threats: natural and man-made
- Shark conservation
FIELD STUDIES & EXERCISES
- Scuba diving training
- Identification and behavior surveys
- Participate in ongoing data collection at SRMR
- Utilize scientific data analysis techniques
What are my next steps?
At a Glance
- 50 Hours
- 3 marine science Credits
- PADI Open Water Diver certification
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