Course Number: MSMS 6007, MEVS 6341, CZMT 6341
This course provides an overview of the evolution, natural history, anatomy, physiology, biomedicine, husbandry, pathology, and conservation of cetaceans, pinnipeds, sirenians, and their allies. Graduate students are required to contribute to classroom lectures through a review of primary literature and presentation on specialized subjects directly related to the taught material. Numerous case-studies are used to illustrate concepts such as aquatic mammal diseases, direct and indirect anthropogenic impacts, and translation from terrestrial to marine ecosystems. Students will have a broad understanding of marine mammals, their role in a variety of ecosystems, and the environmental issues related to their need for conservation.