The course gives an overview of demographic and ecological processes associated with coastal fish behaviour and life histories. To this end, several case studies from coastal ecosystems in different parts of the world will be described. The course also gives an overview of how human activities such as harvesting can influence coastal fish. Lastly, the course will highlight more recent research showing how natural ecological processes and human impacts on fish communities need to be understood also from an evolutionary perspective via the concept of eco-evolutionary dynamics. Emphasis will be placed on introducing central methods for quantifying fish behaviour and life histories, as well as approaches for managing coastal fish communities from an eco-evolutionary perspective.
After completing the course, the students will:
- be able to provide an overview of ecological processes associated with fish behaviour and life histories
- be able to use central tools for quantifying fish demography, behaviour and life histories
- be able to describe how a broad range of human activities affect coastal fish communities
- have developed an understanding of the multidisciplinary nature of managing coastal fish communities
- be able to promote an understanding of the concept of eco-evolutionary dynamics