Have you ever wondered how sea turtles find their way back to their natal beaches to reproduce? Or how salmon easily transition from rivers to the sea? In this course we will learn how animals interact with their environment, from the molecular to the population level. We will investigate the underlying mechanisms and functions allowing animals to adapt to life in harsh environments, such as hot desserts or low oxygen environments.
At the beginning of the course the students will get an introduction to statistical analyses and practical exercises in using R and R Studio (coordination with BIO201 and BIO207).
The student will after completion of the course:
- have an enhanced knowledge and appreciation of animal physiology and its potential role to help tackle current global challenges
- understand the functions of feeding, metabolism, respiration, circulation, osmoregulation, and excretion
- understand how these functions integrate to allow adaptation to different environments, especially concerning extreme conditions for life in air and water
- understand the function of the sensory system in different animal groups, as well as the nervous and hormonal mechanisms for control over these processes.
- be able to conduct laboratory experiments on different physiological aspects (e.g. respiration, excretion), analyze the results and make graphs using the R software, and generate a report