The course focuses on the physiological processes in fish and their adaptations to environmental parameters. Lectures will cover general anatomy, respiration, circulation, osmoregulation and acid-base balance, smoltification, regulation of boyancy, movement, sensory physiology, stress, gastrointestinal system and sexual maturation. Introductions will also be given to basal immunology.
Practical lab studies include comparative anatomy and physiology of Atlantic salmon and at least one marine species available. Studies also include evaluation of organ histology and stress experiments.
On completion of the course the student should have obtained valuable skills in fish anatomy and physiology including regulatory mechanisms.
The student should be able to design and perform tests of fish osmoregulatory capacity, establish sedation, perform blood sampling, and examine simple histological preparations from fish.