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2017-2018 Catalog

BIOL 317 Physiology of Extreme Animals

In this class, we will explore the specialized physiological processes animals have developed to meet environmental challenges, including being tolerant to drought, heat, low oxygen levels, freezing, and lack of food. After examining general physiological adaptations, we will use case studies from "extreme" animals for further exploration. Along with minimal lecturing, we will synthesize the primary literature while developing skills essential to professional scientists, including communication science, constructing research proposals, and defending opinions orally.


BIOL 231, BIOL 251 or permission of instructor