Course: How Marine Organisms Work

HC 207H

Professor: Kelly Sutherland

Note: This is a lab course that includes TWO MANDATORY field trips.

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 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.