BIOL 205: Comparative Invertebrate Zoology
- Course webpage -
205 is a comparative survey of primarily marine invertebrates, a field
so vast that we can only begin to scratch the surface in one 4-unit
course. Consequently, the course treats most groups only superficially.
However, over a 14 week semester, the class will be introduced to a diverse
array of animals that most students have never seen before and at present
cannot even imagine!
The course is organized along
three major themes that are fundamental to zoology:
morphology: form, function &
development & life history
unity, diversity & evolutionary history
The objectives of the course
are (1) to introduce students to how animals are
organized, how they work, and how they reproduce themselves; (2) to
provide students with a basic understanding of
animal diversity; (3) to stimulate an appreciation
of invertebrates and their remarkable evolutionary innovations; and
(4) to provide students with a solid foundation
in the field of invertebrate zoology, so that students can make informed
decisions regarding environmental/conservation policy, scientific research agendas
and public education programs.
In order to accomplish these
goals, it will be necessary for students to assimilate a substantial amount
of new factual information, but also to integrate and synthesize that
information into ideas and concepts. Together, we can learn a great
deal from invertebrates, and I hope that students will experience a high level
of enjoyment during our exploration not only of these fascinating organisms
but also the broader phylogenetic context within which each one of our
populations has evolved.
This course runs from September to December.
Photos by Jeff Leander - 09/2003 & 04/2007