Fall 2017 HC 207H: How Marine Organisms Work

Fall Term, 2017-2018

Professor: Kelly Sutherland

4 credits

  • CRN 12761: Tuesday & Thursday, 10:00 – 11:50 @ PLC 248

Note: This is a lab course that includes TWO MANDATORY field trips scheduled for October 7 and 8 (Overnight trip to OIMB) and November 4 (Day trip to Bob Creek).

A beautiful and stunning diversity of organisms live beneath the ocean’s surface along the Oregon coast.  How do these organisms perform and ultimately, survive, in the marine environment?  In this course we will use a biomechanics approach (study of biological solids and fluids) to understand how body shape, material properties and movement influence interactions with the physical environment and with other organisms.  We will focus at the organism-scale and, in particular, on interactions with the fluid environment (e.g. how water movement influences predation).  Through field trips, laboratory studies, discussions and team projects we will become familiar with local marine organisms and use quantitative tools to understand organism performance and adaptation.