BIOLOGY 377LA. Marine Invertebrate Zoology – Nicholas School Undergraduate Programs

BIOLOGY 377LA. Marine Invertebrate Zoology

Instructor: Brian Reed Silliman | Curriculum Code: NS, R | Credit: 1.0 course (4 semester hours) | Course Travel?: No | Cross Listing: ENVIRON 377LA, EOS 377LA | Prerequisites: AP Biology, introductory biology, or permission of instructor.

Structure, function, and development of invertebrates collected from estuarine and marine habitats. In this course, we will explore biodiversity through explorations of marine invertebrate life. Emphasis will be placed on relationships between form and function, phylogeny, adaptations to the abiotic and biotic environment, animal ecology and experimental and modeling approaches to behavioral and ecological questions. Half of the day will be spent in the field and laboratories, while the other half will be spent in the field collecting, observing and studying organisms. Both ecological and evolutionary theory will unite the course. Not open to students who have taken Biology 777LA.

This course fulfills the diversity requirement for Duke Biology majors. This course fulfills the Organismal Structure/Function requirement for the Environmental Science majors (BS) and the marine science section for Environmental Science majors (AB).

Instructors: Brian Silliman (summer term I), Maria Wise (fall)