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Bruce S Miller
FISH 499
Seattle Campus

Undergraduate Research

Individual research within the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. Each project supervised by an individual faculty member. Written reports required.

Class description

In this course, you will gain an understanding of how Marine Protected Areas function for various nearshore fish species with diverse life histories. The course will focus on life histories, ecology and fishery management practices underlying changes in nearshore fish population. Using the excellent resources provided by the Friday Harbor Laboratories, you will conduct field and lab experiments, examine historical management practices, and review government management programs. The knowledge gained will then be used to evaluate hypotheses about population changes.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Background lectures, seminars, readings, discussions, class field trips and lab sessions will culminate in an independent research project of choice for each student.

Recommended preparation

Background in fishery and/or biological sciences.

Class assignments and grading

Assigned readings, species ID quizz, draft and final research report. Students must purchase a species ID text (available at Friday Harbor Labs).

Grade will be based predominantly on conducting, presenting and writing an independent research project.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Marcus G Duke
Date: 05/05/1999