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CANCELED: Fishes Course Begins (6th – 17th)

July 6 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Biology of Southern Appalachian Fishes: July 6 – July 17

Dr. Mollie Cashner, Austin Peay University

The southern Appalachians supports one of the richest fresh water fish faunas in North America and is part of an extensive southern/southeastern area that has well over 600 species. This larger region has been compared to a tropical rain forest in terms of its diversity, which is not equaled by any other temperate area. The course will focus on the diversity, evolution, biogeography and behavior of fishes primarily in the Southern Appalachians. During the course students will engage in a number of fish collection techniques, including seining and in-stream snorkeling (these streams are cold, so wetsuits are a must). Students will learn to identify the major families and genera both in the field and in the lab, learn basic fish identification techniques with a subset of focal species, and conduct field and lab-based observational studies. Regular lectures and discussion of current peer-reviewed journal articles will enhance and compliment the field experiences.

Prerequisites: Introductory biology, zoology, or permission of the instructor.

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July 6
8:00 am - 5:00 pm