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COLLEGE OF THE ENVIRONMENT
SCHOOL OF AQUATIC AND FISHERY SCIENCES
FISHERIES

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FISH 101 Water and Society (5) I&S/NW
Examines ecological and social issues associated with water resources as human populations increase and climate warms. Offered: W.
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FISH 230 Economics of Fisheries and Oceans (5) I&S/NW, QSR C. ANDERSON
Examines how and why people and businesses make choices that lead to over-fishing, hypoxic zones, and oil spills in aquatic environments. Applies economic principles to understand how alternative policies might change these decisions, and how distributional effects influence politically feasible solutions. Offered: jointly with ECON 230; Sp.
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FISH 250 Marine Biology (3/5) I&S/NW
Lecture-laboratory course in marine biology focusing on physical, biological, and social aspects of the marine environment. Topics include oceanography, ecology, physiology, behavior, conservation, fisheries, exploration, and activism. Weekend field trip. Honors section research project. Offered: jointly with BIOL 250/OCEAN 250; AS.
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FISH 260 Recreational Fisheries: Science, Management, and Policy (3/5) I&S/NW Grue
Provides an overview of Washington's recreational fisheries emphasizing science, management, and policy. Optional laboratory focuses on science and technology behind fishing tactics, tackle, and equipment, ways to minimize impacts and enhance conservation, and politics associated with opportunities for recreational anglers. Suitable for students with or without a strong science background. Offered: Sp.
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FISH 290 Scientific Writing and Communication (3)
Designed to teach undergraduate students how to gather information on scientific questions; critically read scientific writing; learn the structure and functions of scientific papers to effectively communicate; learn techniques for effective communication of science in oral and poster presentations; and understand the ethical boundaries associated with scientific communication. Recommended: composition course. Offered: AW.
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FISH 296 Study Abroad: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (1-15, max. 30) NW
For participants in UW study abroad program. Specific content varies and must be individually evaluated. Credit not does not apply to major requirements without approval.
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FISH 310 Biology of Shellfishes (5) NW
Aquatic invertebrates with emphasis on taxa with economic and cultural significance. Dramatic diversity, adaptation to environment, and evolutionary forces highlighted. Laboratories, field trips. Recommended: 10 credits biological science. Offered: Sp.
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FISH 311 Biology of Fishes (3/5) NW
Covers morphological, physiological, behavioral, and ecological diversity of fishes of the world; designed to provide a basic foundation for advanced courses in all areas of aquatic sciences. 3-credit option does not include laboratory. Recommended: 10 credits biological science. Offered: jointly with BIOL 311; W.
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FISH 312 Fisheries Ecology (3/5) NW
Ecological characteristics of fishes and shellfishes in the important freshwater and marine habitats of North America. Relationship between physical aspects of the habitats and community structure. Impacts of human activities on diversity and abundance. Prerequisite: BIOL 220; recommended: FISH 311. Offered: Sp.
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FISH 323 Conservation and Management of Aquatic Resources (5) NW
Topics include population dynamics, extinction risk, meta-populations, marine reserves, bioeconomics, protection of endangered species, sustainable harvesting, and management institutions. Examines case studies such as salmon, albatross, and whales as representative of conservation issues in aquatic sciences. Sampling, experimental design, computer skills, and research writing. Offered: A.
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FISH 324 Aquatic Animal Physiology and Reproduction (3/5) NW
Adaptations of aquatic animals to environmental challenges. Energy pathways from feeding and digestion through maintenance (metabolism, movement, repair), homeostasis (respiration, osmoregulation, thermoregulation), growth and reproduction (sex determination, manipulation, sex change). Roles of sensory, nervous, and endocrine systems in mediating environmental information. Hands-on laboratory. Prerequisite: BIOL 220. Offered: W.
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FISH 328 FORESTRY-FISHERIES INTERACTIONS (4) NW
Offered: jointly with ESRM 328.
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FISH 330 Climate Change Impacts on Marine Ecosystems (5) NW
Links the physics of climate to marine ecosystem processes, exploring both observed climate impacts from the past and projected ecosystem changes due to human-caused climate change in the future. Case studies include polar, sub-arctic, temperate, tropical, and upwelling ecosystems, and ocean-acidification and its projected impacts. Required: high school or college physics and algebra with a basic understanding of Newton's Laws and the ability to comprehend and construct vector diagrams. Offered: jointly with ENVIR 330; Sp.
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FISH 340 Genetics and Molecular Ecology (5) NW
Application of molecular markers to ecology, evolution, and the management of living resources. Emphasis on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of the approach based on case studies. Prerequisite: BIOL 200. Offered: jointly with BIOL 340; A.
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FISH 404 Diseases of Aquatic Animals (5) NW
Overview of communicable and noncommunicable diseases that affect fish and shellfish. Major pathogens of free-ranging as well as captive animals discussed. Students learn to recognize, prevent, and control economically and ecologically important disease syndromes. Recommended: 10 credits biological science. Offered: Sp, even years.
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FISH 423 Aquatic Invasion Ecology (4) QSR
Explores the patterns, drivers, and consequences of species invasions in freshwater, estuary, and marine ecosystems. Focuses on the science and management needs for preventing, controlling, and eradicating invasive species. Topics illustrated with cases from the Pacific Northwest and the world. Prerequisite: either BIOL 462 or BIOL 180.
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FISH 424 Biology and Culture of Aquatic Organisms (5) NW
Explores the concept of sustainability and the interrelationship between environment, aquatic species, and culture of aquatic animal and plant species globally. Current practices, animal biology and health, near-shore ecosystem conservation, water quality, and strategies to improve the sustainability of aquaculture for food production and species conservation. Offered: Sp, odd years.
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FISH 428 Stream and Watershed Restoration (5) NW
Overview of restoration principles and techniques with specific application to freshwater aquatic systems. Develops knowledge and skills to assess ecosystems conditions, identify and prioritize restoration opportunities, and evaluate them from a scientific and economic perspective. Prerequisite: either BIOL 356, ESRM 304, or FISH 312. Offered: Sp, even years.
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FISH 437 Fisheries Oceanography (4)
Investigates how the environment influences distributions and abundances of marine vertebrate and invertebrate species. Uses studies to understand fish and zooplankton life histories, predict trends in populations, reduce uncertainty in resource management, and to decouple anthropogenic from natural effects on aquatic populations. Recommended: OCEAN 210. Offered: W.
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FISH 441 Integrative Environmental Physiology (3/5) NW
Comparative advanced aquatic physiology focusing on the functional response of organisms to natural and human-associated environmental stress. Recommended: FISH 324. Offered: A.
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FISH 444 Conservation Genetics (5) NW
Advanced genetic concepts and methods related to species' conservation and management. Includes genetic diversity and evolution, small populations and fragmentation, genetic viability, management of wild and captive populations, reintroductions, hatchery-wild interactions and forensics. Labs include molecular techniques. Recommended: BIOL 180; FISH 340. Offered: W.
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FISH 447 River Ecology and Watershed Management (3) NW
Investigation of stream and river ecosystems from a watershed perspective. Emphasis on fundamental processes affecting the structure and dynamics of flowing aquatic ecosystems and the riparian zone. Case studies explore human interactions with rivers and approaches to river management. Recommended: BIOL 180; FISH 323.
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FISH 450 Salmonid Behavior and Life History (3/5) NW
Behavior, ecology, life history, and conservation of salmonand trout, including their distribution, homing migration, reproduction, ecology of juveniles in different freshwater habitats, seaward migration, and the ecological and evolutionary factors affecting them. Recommended: FISH 312. Offered: A.
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FISH 452 Spatial Information Technology in Ecosystem Sciences (3) NW Logsdon
Introduces the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial analysis in the ecosystem sciences. Emphasizes sampling and analysis of spatially-referenced data about the coastal and marine environments, integrating these technologies in an applied research setting. Offered: jointly with OCEAN 452; A.
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FISH 453 Geospatial Pattern Analysis and Geostatistics (3) NW Logsdon
Focuses on the application of geospatial pattern analysis and geostatistics in earth science research. Develops understanding in detecting, describing, and estimating spatial pattern and trends. Prerequisite: either Q SCI 381 or Q SCI 482; OCEAN 452. Offered: jointly with OCEAN 453; W.
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FISH 454 Ecological Modeling (5) NW T. ESSINGTON
Examines concepts in ecological modeling focusing on the rationale, interpretation, and motivation for modeling in ecological sciences. Explores individual, population, and ecosystem-based models. Excel-based computer exercises, model building and interpretation, readings. Recommended: prior coursework in ecology and statistics. Offered: jointly with Q SCI 454; W.
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FISH 455 Fish and Wildlife Toxicology (3/5) NW
Overview of fish/wildlife toxicology: history of the field; regulations; methods used to assess risks contaminants pose to fish/wildlife; classes of contaminants and their direct, sublethal and indirect effects; and contemporary threats of contaminants to fish/wildlife, their habitats and prey. Includes laboratory. Offered: jointly with ESRM 457; W.
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FISH 458 Modeling and Estimation in Conservation and Resource Management (4) NW T. BRANCH
Explores the use of models in the evaluation of alternative management polices for natural resources, including modeling approaches, fitting models to data, and evaluating alternative management polices. Emphasizes calculating risk of extinction, and design of biological reserves. Recommended: either Q SCI 454 or FISH 454; R programming experience. Offered: jointly with Q SCI 458; Sp.
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FISH 464 Arctic Marine Vertebrate Ecology (4) NW
Explores the structure and function of Arctic ecosystems, life history, and adaptations of vertebrates, and how species are affected by climate warming. Emphasizes upper-level trophic interactions, evolutionary drivers, food chains, energy transport paths, and influence of sea ice. Case studies provide background on Arctic conservation and management. Prerequisite: BIOL 180. Offered: W, odd years.
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FISH 473 Limnology (3) NW
Ecology, conservation, and management of inland aquatic ecosystems. Explores interactions among biological, chemical, and physical features of lakes and other aquatic habitats. Prerequisite: BIOL 180. Offered: jointly with BIOL 473; A.
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FISH 474 Limnology Laboratory (2) NW
Examination of biota of fresh waters, survey of limnological methods, analysis of data, and writing of scientific papers. Prerequisite: BIOL 473/FISH 473/CEE 462, which may be taken concurrently. Offered: jointly with BIOL 474/CEE 463; A.
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FISH 475 Marine Mammalogy (3/5) NW
Evolution, taxonomy, physiology, life history, and behavior of marine mammals; the techniques of studying and the management and conservation of them. Recommended: 15 credits of biological science, vertebrate anatomy, and physiology, for laboratory sections. Offered: Sp.
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FISH 477 Seminar in Marine Biology (3) NW Roccap
Reviews current research in marine biology. Emphasizes critical readings and discussion of primary literature. Prerequisite: FISH 250, OCEAN 250, or BIOL 250; Q SCI 381, STAT 220, or STAT 311. Offered: jointly with BIOL 477/OCEAN 477; W.
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FISH 478 Topics in Sustainable Fisheries (3, max. 9) I&S/NW
Seminar series featuring local, national, and internationally known speakers in fisheries management and conservation. Conservation/restoration in practice. Pre-seminar discussion section focusing on select readings. Topics may include harvest management, whaling, by-catch, salmon, marine protected areas, introduced species, citizen action, co-management, and marine ethics. Offered: jointly with BIOL 478/ENVIR 478.
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FISH 479 Research in Marine Biology (1-15, max. 15)
Individual research on topics in marine biology. Research projects supervised by an individual faculty member. Projects may include laboratory work, fieldwork, and literature surveys. Prerequisite: BIOL 250/FISH 250/OCEAN 250; Q SCI 381. Offered: jointly with BIOL 479/OCEAN 479; AWSpS.
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FISH 480 Human Dimensions of Fishery Management (3) I&S/NW
Techniques and philosophy for conservation, management, and development of harvested marine populations. Emphasis on integration of ecological, sociological, and economic dimensions of institutional decision making for policy formation in uncertain environments. Offered: jointly with SMEA 480.
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FISH 489 Peer Teaching Assistants in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (1-5, max. 10)
Designed to prepare graduate and public school teaching by developing mentoring and communication skills through direct experience. Skills gained through attending lectures and weekly preparation sessions, directed discussions with faculty and TAs, and teaching course lab or discussion sections. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
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FISH 491 Aquatic Ecological Research in Alaska (12) NW
Intensive, full-time research training experience where a team of students works on focused research problems guided by a group of faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate student mentors. Examines behavioral ecology, limnology, and population dynamics. Students also choose specific research questions for their own exploration. Course location: Alaska. Offered: S, even years.
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FISH 492 Friday Harbor Labs Apprenticeship (9/15) NW
Intensive, full-time research training experience where teams of students work on focused research problems guided by a group of faculty, postdoctoral and graduate student mentors. Research questions vary. Course location: Friday Harbor Laboratories.
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FISH 493 Capstone Preparation (1)
Includes defining a capstone research question, conducting a literature review, preparing a project proposal and budget, reviewing peer proposals, and attending/critiquing the quarterly capstone symposium. Prerequisite: FISH 290. Offered: ASp.
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FISH 494 Capstone Project I ([1-9]-, max. 9)
Self-directed research or project under direction of a faculty member. Includes defining research question, determining methodology, data collection and analysis, writing a paper, and presenting findings. Required for graduation for majors. May be taken concurrently with FISH 495. Prerequisite: either FISH 290 or FISH 493; Q SCI 381.
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FISH 495 Capstone Project II (-[3/4])
Self-directed research project under direction of a faculty member. Typically includes defining a research question, determining methodology, data collection and analysis, writing a paper, and presenting findings. May be taken concurrently with FISH 494 with permission of instructor.
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FISH 496 Study Abroad: Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (1-15, max. 30) NW
For participants in UW study abroad program. Specific content varies and must be individually evaluated. Credit not does not apply to major requirements without approval.
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FISH 497 Special Topics in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (1-15, max. 15) NW
One-time offerings of topics in fisheries by resident or visiting faculty.
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FISH 498 Internship/Experiential Learning (1-15, max. 15)
Structured, practical training in the fishing industry, government agencies, and other areas utilizing fisheries, food science, or quantitative science expertise. Experiences are supervised and evaluated. Written reports required. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.
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FISH 499 Undergraduate Research (1-15, max. 15)
Individual research within the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Each project supervised by an individual faculty member. Written reports required. Offered: AWSpS.
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FISH 502 Spatial Information Technology in Ecosystem Sciences (3) Logsdon
Introduces the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and spatial analysis in the ecosystem sciences. Emphasizes sampling and analysis of spatially-referenced data about the coastal and marine environments, integrating these technologies in an applied research setting. Offered: jointly with OCEAN 502; A.
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FISH 503 Geospatial Pattern Analysis and Geostatistics (3) Logsdon
Focuses on the application of geospatial pattern analysis and geostatistics in earth science research. Develops understanding in detecting, describing, and estimating spatial pattern and trends. Recommended: introductory statistics or permission of instructor. Offered: jointly with OCEAN 503; W.
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FISH 507 Special Topics in Fisheries (1-15, max. 15)
Recommended: permission of instructor.
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FISH 510 Current Topics in Genetics and Physiology (1-5, max. 15)
Contemporary problems and issues in genetics and physiology as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.
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FISH 511 Current Topics in Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (1-5, max. 15)
Contemporary problems and issues in evolution, ecology, and behavior as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.
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FISH 512 Current Topics in Quantitative Science (1-5, max. 15)
Contemporary problems and issues in quantitative science as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.
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FISH 513 Current Topics in Management, Conservation, and Restoration (1-5, max. 15)
Contemporary problems and issues in management, conservation, and restoration as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.
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FISH 514 Current Topics Aquaculture, Utilization, and Pathology (1-5, max. 15)
Contemporary problems and issues in aquaculture, utilization, and pathology as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.
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FISH 520 Advanced Ecology of Marine Fishes (4)
Focuses on the unique ecological challenges facing marine fishes, including individual, population, community, and ecosystem-scale processes. In-depth discussions of issues based on extensive reading of primary literature and analysis. Recommended: prior coursework in research methods, statistics, and ecological theory.
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FISH 521 Research Proposal Writing for Graduate Students (4)
Practice in reading, writing, critiquing, and evaluating research grant and contract proposals. Lecture and discussion of funding resources, structure of proposals, proposal review, evaluation criteria, and agency feedback. Examples of successful and unsuccessful grant applications. Preparing proposals and critiquing others' efforts. Offered: W.
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FISH 522 Hot Topics in Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (2)
Discussion of the primary literature of aquatic and fishery sciences. All readings are current, high profile papers which spark a new avenue of investigation, set out a new paradigm, or define a central problem, etc. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
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FISH 526 Ecology of Aquatic Ecosystems (3)
Explores natural and human-driven processes regulating the structure and functioning of freshwater and marine ecosystems. Topics include biogeochemistry, energy, and material flows among habitats, evolution in ecological time, commonality of marine and freshwater habitats, and the issues of scale in understanding ecosystem dynamics. Recommended: either upper division ecology, limnology, or oceanography.
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FISH 530 Application of Bioenergetics Models to Aquatic Food Webs (4)
Modeling framework quantifying bioenergetics, including consumption, growth, nutrient recycling and contaminant bioaccumulation; links physiology and behavior of individual organisms to ecological processes within populations and aquatic food webs. Common applications include estimating predation, carrying capacity, or growth potential in different habitats. Recommended: regression course. Offered: Sp, odd years.
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FISH 531 Aquatic Food Web Processes (4)
Examines how temporal-spatial variability in environmental conditions, nutrient, food supply, predation, and competition among species and life stages regulate species in freshwater and marine food webs. Demonstrates how behavior and physiology of individuals are mechanistically linked to distribution, trophic interactions, and processes relevant to ecosystem-based management. Recommended: course in ecology. Offered: Sp, even years.
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FISH 538 Fisheries Acoustics (3-5) Horne
Studies the use of sound as an aquatic sampling tool and application of acoustic technologies to resource management and aquatic research. Topics include: sonar equation, survey design, equipment use, and abundance estimates. Uses case studies in bio-acoustic predation, habit evaluation, ocean observatories, and marine renewable energy. Offered: A.
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FISH 539 US FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AND POLICY (3)
Examination of basic laws and policies in the US that govern fisheries management and their implementation by managers at federal, tribal, state, and international levels. Includes lectures, guest speakers, and field trips. Offered: jointly with SMEA 539.
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FISH 541 Integrative Environmental Physiology (3/5)
Comparative advanced aquatic physiology focusing on the functional response of organisms to natural and human-associated environmental stress. Includes lecture, laboratory work, and team-based research project. Recommended: FISH 324.
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FISH 545 Applied Population Genetics (3)
Collection, analysis, and interpretation of genetic data (allele frequencies, microsatellite data, DNA sequences) for detection of population structure, population assignment, estimation of population size, and phylogenography. Includes discussion of scientific papers and analysis of example data sets.
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FISH 546 Bioinformatics for Environmental Sciences (3)
Examines how to incorporate molecular information into environmental and conservation sciences, with an emphasis on analysis of DNA and RNA sequence information. Prerequisite: introductory biology, genetics, and statistics courses.
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FISH 547 River Ecology and Watershed Management (3)
Investigation of stream and river ecosystems from a watershed perspective. Emphasis on fundamental processes affecting the structure and dynamics of flowing aquatic ecosystems and the riparian zone. Case studies explore human interactions with rivers and approaches to river management.
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FISH 552 Introduction to R Programming for Natural Scientists (2)
Introduces R, a freely available and widely used platform for statistical analysis. Covers reading, storing, and manipulating data; introductory graphics; basic statistical analyses; and fitting linear models. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
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FISH 553 Advanced R Programming for Natural Scientists (2)
Covers the use of maximum likelihood estimation and programming in R. Uses R functions to estimate parameters of models and to quantify uncertainty. Prerequisite: FISH 552; Q SCI 381 or Q SCI 482, or permission of instructor. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: A.
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FISH 554 Beautiful Graphics in R (2) Branch
Explores how to create beautiful scientific graphics in the open-source language R. Covers the theory of visualization, critically examines elements of good and bad graphics, and teaches students how to translate data in their graduate theses into publication-quality graphics. Offered: W.
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FISH 557 Estimation of Population Parameters (4)
Statistical analysis of population data; design and analysis of mark-recapture experiments on natural populations; laboratory work on computers. Recommended: probability theory;Q SCI 292; Q SCI 483. Offered: W, even years.
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FISH 558 Decision Analysis in Natural Resource Management (4)
Focuses on age and size-structured population models; Bayesian methods; Sample Importance Resample algorithm; Markov chain Monte Carlo algorithm; policy evaluation; and risk analysis and uncertainty in fisheries management. Recommended: either FISH 557 or permission of instructor. Offered: A, odd years.
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FISH 559 Numerical Computing for the Natural Resources (5)
Focuses on generalized linear and mixed effects models; numerical integraton and differentiation; Bayesian and maximum likelihood parameter estimation; root finding; ADMB and WinBUGS coding; and risk analysis. Recommended: either FISH 557 or permission of instructor. Offered: A, even years.
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FISH 560 Applied Multivariate Statistics for Ecologists (4)
Use and interpretation of multivariate analysis, including the majority of approaches in common use by ecologists. Emphasizes the conceptual understanding and practical use of the methods, illustrated with ecological case studies. Prerequisite: Q SCI 482 or equivalent.
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FISH 567 Topics in Advanced Ecology (3, max. 6)
Discusses literature on active research areas or controversies in different branches of ecology. Offered: jointly with BIOL 567/SEFS 567; W.
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FISH 578 Graduate Topics in Sustainable Fisheries (2, max. 6)
Seminar series featuring local, national, and internationally known speakers in fisheries management and conservation. Case studies. Conservation/restoration in practice. Post-seminar discussion section led by speaker on topics covered in lecture. Topics may include harvest management, whaling, by-catch, salmon, marine protected areas, introduced species, citizen action, co-management, and marine ethics. Credit/no-credit only.
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FISH 581 Case Study Research: Design and Methods (3) Jenkins
Provides in-depth training in case study theory, design, and methods. Designed for exploring prospectus ideas or beginning analysis of thesis research. Through readings, discussions, exercises, and lectures, students learn how to select units of analysis, control data quality, and collect, analysis, and report data. Offered: jointly with SMEA 581.
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FISH 600 Independent Study or Research (*-)
Credit/no-credit only.
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FISH 700 Master's Thesis (*-)
Credit/no-credit only.
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FISH 800 Doctoral Dissertation (*-)
Credit/no-credit only.
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