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MSCI 331: Ecological Physiology

Course description

An in-depth examination of the major physiological adaptations of marine organisms, including thermoregulation, respiration, circulation, water balance, acid-base balance, metabolism and energetics. Emphasis will be placed on how organisms are adapted to optimize physiological function under a variety of environmental conditions. We will also focus on the effects of environmental change on marine organismal physiology in the context of climate change (global warming, acidification, hypoxia). [Prereq: (BIO 210 and BIO 211) and (PHYS 150 or PHYS 220 or PHYS 221) with a C- or better]