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Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation

Cornell University and University of Queensland via edX

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  • Provider edX
  • Subject Science
  • $ Cost Free Online Course
  • Session Self Paced
  • Language English
  • Effort 4-6 hours a week
  • Start Date
  • Duration 4 weeks long

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Overview

Did you know that you can track some sharks’ movements on Twitter? Or that the scales on their skin have influenced the way humans design boats, planes, and even swim suits? Or that sharks have more senses than humans?

In this biology course, you will learn how scientists study sharks. You will join researchers on location in labs, aquariums, and oceans across the globe to learn about the biodiversity, biology, and conservation of sharks, rays, and chimaeras.

In this activity‑rich course, you’ll track movements of a wild shark, observe shark habitats and behavior, and dig deep into the fossil record. You will also examine topics in the functional anatomy, sensory biology, reproduction, behavior, and ecology of many of the 1,200 living species.

This is an exciting time to be a shark biologist. An explosion of new research methods and technologies are leading to a surprising world of discovery. We’ll introduce new, as well as traditional techniques, for classifying sharks, understanding behavior, and unraveling the mysteries of shark evolution. You’ll be invited to explore global shark populations and consider shark-human interactions and their impacts on history and culture.

You’ll be rewarded by your ability to see virtually any animal with new eyes. Practice thinking like a biologist while honing critical skills that can lead to broader observations about the ongoing history of life on Earth.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: The Big Picture - Biodiversity and Evolution
  • Week 2: Miracles of Evolution - Functional Morphology and Physiology
  • Week 3: Thinking Like a Shark - Brains and Behavior
  • Week 4: Sharks in the World - Human Interactions, Ecology, and Conservation

Taught by

William E. Bemis, Warren D. Allmon, Ian Tibbetts, Betty McGuire, Elizabeth Balko and Joshua Moyer

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Dr W
5.0 2 years ago
by Dr completed this course, spending 13 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The most awesome course imaginable! Excellent videos, understandable information, even in the more complex topics. Willie is superb. So many interesting interviews with cutting edge researchers and colleagues. Take the plunge and meet these ancient marine creatures :)
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Hailey M
5.0 2 years ago
Hailey completed this course, spending 1 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
Really interesting material. Not too difficult, and can be done with minimal engagement and still get good information. Lots of good resources and excellent videos. Highly recommend for those interested in marine biology in general or sharks in particular.
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Shane R
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