FISH310 – Biology of Shellfishes

Spring Quarter –

The course is intended to provide undergraduate students with an introduction to aquatic invertebrates with an emphasis on taxa with economic and cultural significance in the region.  The class will expose students to the dramatic diversity of invertebrates and examine various mechanisms organisms employ to adapt to environmental conditions. Most of the content will focus on the morphology, life history and physiology of arthropods and molluscs.


FISH441 – Integrative Environmental Physiology

Autumn Quarter –

Both freshwater and marine environments are continually changing in response to both natural processes and human activities, putting stress on aquatic organisms from microbes to marine mammals. This course will explore the surprising similarities and unique differences in the physiological response organisms have to stress caused by factors as natural as tidal cycles, and as unnatural as excess pharmaceuticals. The course will take an integrative approach across disciplines linked to physiology, with an emphasis on molecular physiology and endocrinology; and assumes students have been introduced to basic physiological concepts in other coursework. The main focus will be on functional responses to system stressors; however, the course will also explore potential impacts at the population level, and the evolutionary implications of physiological response to environmental stress. Case studies and research papers will be used along with a primary textbook. The laboratory for this course will involve student working cooperatively to develop research projects.


FISH546 – Bioinformatics for Environmental Sciences

Winter Quarter –

This is a course developed for biologists and ecologists that will cover computational analysis of molecular sequence data.  Computational analysis of these data is a valuable tool to better understand biological processes and facilitates new discoveries. Bioinformatics can be considered a way of providing meaning (by means of computer algorithms) to the thousands upon thousands of genetic material continually being sequenced. In this course we will primarily focus on the resources for non-model organisms and will spend time on biology (ie reviewing central dogma), techniques (ie gene expression analysis) and computer science (ie sequence database, pairwise sequence comparisons).  Various genomic resources that are publicly available will be reviewed along with web-based and stand-alone software that is used for analysis and functional annotation. Furthermore, we will examine modern techniques for gene expression analysis including advantages, disadvantages, and proper post-experiment processing.


BIO533 – Ecology of Infectious Marine Diseases

Summer Quarter –

This course will be a training program in invertebrate-pathogen ecology that will bring together and train the future leaders in this rapidly emerging, multidisciplinary field. The course will 1) survey host-pathogen interaction in the Friday Harbor region, 2) teach diagnostic tools for identifying viral, bacterial, protozoan and fungal infections of invertebrates, 3) teach approaches to examine the invertebrate innate immune response to different pathogens, and finally 4) use these methods to address ecological questions about the distribution of pathogenic interactions, and the experimental effects of temperature and increased acidification on interactions.