CetaceanSystematicsSpring08 - Bio 139: Biology & Ecology of...

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Bio 139: Biology & Ecology of Marine Mammals Instructor: Dr. Daniel Costa [email protected] Office Hours: Mon. & Tues. 2-3 pm Center for Ocean Health 208 Text: Marine Mammals: Evolutionary Biology Berta, Sumich, and Kovacs Reader: Download pdf off website Points distribution: Targeted exam format: Midterm 1 25% Multiple choice 25% Midterm 2 25% True/false 25% Term paper 25% Essay 25% Final Exam 30% Fill in blank 25% or definition Bio 139: Evaluation Criteria Important Dates: • Midterm 1: Tuesday, April 22 nd • Paper Outline Due: Tuesday, May 6 th • Midterm 2: Thursday, May 22 nd • Term Paper Due: Thursday, May 29 th • Final: Wednesday, June 11 th Course Website: • bio.classes.ucsc.edu/bio139 • Login: bio139, Password: neophoca • Download lecture & lab materials
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Term Paper • Examination of material not covered in lecture • Detailed look at a topic, species • Info. from primary literature • scientific journal, books •no websites or magazines • Handout provides details Goals for the course 1. Understand patterns of marine mammal evolution & diversity, with emphasis on local species in the Monterey Bay. 2. Comprehend the challenges faced by mammals living in the marine environment including thermoregulation, acquiring prey, & communication. Goals for the course 3. Understand present day patterns of behavior & ecology, including sociality, 4. Expose students to the historic & current factors that threaten marine mammal populations. Taxonomy • Description, identification, & classification of species • To understand current patterns & forces that shaped those patterns • Asks – did adaptations arise independently & converge? OR, is this a result of an early shared adaptation?
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Kingdom Animalia Phylum Chordata SubPhylum Vertebrata + backbone + dorsal hollow nerve chord + bone/cartilage internal skeleton Class Mammalia, 4000 species • Viviparous •Hair • Lactation via the mammary gland • 4 chambered heart • Diphyodont dentition- 2 sets of teeth • 7 cervical vertebrae • 3 inner ear ossicles • Unique respiratory system • Endothermy Classification Blue Whale Example Explanation Kingdom Animalia Whales have many cells, ingest food, and are
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This note was uploaded on 04/15/2008 for the course BIO 139 taught by Professor Costa during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Santa Cruz.

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CetaceanSystematicsSpring08 - Bio 139: Biology & Ecology of...

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