Marine Mammal Biology 1

Fall 2002 - Syllabus

Week

Dates

Class Topic

Reading Assignments

Lab

0

9/13

Overview and class setup

Browse the "taxonomy classification" folders; Ch1, R and R.

Marine mammal exercise: Bar Island Swim

1

9/17

Classification, Taxonomy

LeDuc et al. 1999; Ch. 2, R and R.

9/20

Pick an animal, any animal

Acoustics: measuring underwater signals

2

9/24

Phylogeny of marine mammals

Read selected topics on reserve, "Phylogeny" folder. Berta and Sumich, 1999, ch 2-4

9/27

Physiological challenges to the marine mammal

Trip to seal colony (Low tide = 1708, depart 1530)

3

10/1

Physiological challenges to the marine mammal/Cardio-physiology

Ch 3 and 5, R and R; for further reading, go to Rommel et al. 1998; Kooyman 1985; Lavigne et al. 1986; Lockyer 1987

10/4

Reproduction of marine mammals

Term paper 1 due

Ch.6, R and R. Bartholomew 1970

Possible w/e close-up trip to MDR (TBA)

4

10/8, 10/11

Behavior and feeding in marine mammals

Ch. 8, R and R; Clapham and Brownell, 1996; Mann 2000

Dissection of the seal

5

10/15, 10/18

Sensory ecology of marine mammals

Term paper 2 summary due

Ch. 4, R and R. Payne and Webb 1971

Dissection of the porpoise

6

10/22,

10/25

Management and Conservation issues in marine mammal science

Faculty retreat - no class

Ch. 3 in Twiss and Reeves, 1999

Dissection of the common dolphin

7

10/29

Management and Conservation issues in marine mammal science

Ch. 8 in Twiss and Reeves, 1999

11/1

Free class for debate preparation

Mini-seminar I: 6 student presentations / Video

8

11/5

The great seal debate

11/8

The plight of the northern right whale

Katona and Kraus 1999

Mini-seminar II: 5 student presentations / Video

9

11/12

Marine mammal/human interactions

Northridge and Hofman 1999; Lien 1994, 1996

11/15

Noise pollution: ATOC, LFA

Todd et al. 1996

Mini seminar III: 5 student presentations / Video

10

11/19

Review, Discussion

Katona and Whitehead 1987

11/22

Final exam, Final term paper due

No lab