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Structure & Function in Marine Animals

Instructor: Dr. Rich Palmer

Overview: This course is an introduction to principles underlying how animals are ‘designed’.  Topics to be covered include:  ‘tree thinking’ (how to place animals and their parts into a phyolgenetic context), scaling (mechanical and physiological consequences of body size), an introduction to fluid dynamics (life at low and high Reynold’s number, surface tension, cavitation, particle feeding, waves), an introduction to biomechanics (materials, structures, adhesion, cost-benefit analysis, safety factors).  Examples (drawn primarily from marine invertebrates) of how animals are ‘designed’ will include:  hydrostatic and rigid skeletons, various modes of aquatic locomotion (burrowing, crawling, swimming), vision, bioluminescence and buoyancy.  Laboratory exercises will illustrate principles covered in lectures as well as projects to study how live marine invertebrates actually work.

University of Victoria:
MRNE 415 – Structure & Function in Animals
CRN #13635


University of Calgary:
MRSC 515 – Struc/Function in Animals

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University of Alberta:
MA SC 415 – Structure & Function in Animals

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University of British Columbia
MRNE 415 – Structure & Function in Marine Animals

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Simon Fraser University
MASC 415-3 – Structure & Function in Animals

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