BIO416 Vertebrate Zoology
Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell
Course DescriptionStudy of the life of Vertebrates integrating the anatomy, physiology, ecology, evolution and behavioral adaptations that enable them to survive effectively in their natural environment.
- Describe distinctive features of vertebrate taxa, including chordate taxa such as tunicates and cephalochordates.
- Discuss the basic life processes of vertebrates, including movement, body support, homeostasis, circulation, gas exchange, reproduction, development, digestion, excretion, sensory perception, cognition, and the immune system.
- Describe the evolutionary history of the vertebrates, and the important transitions between major taxa and clades.
- Interpret the relationship between the form and function of vertebrates, and the selection pressures that have influenced their evolution.
- Discuss the ecology, behavior, and diversity of vertebrates in relation to their survival and dominance in a variety of habitats in the world.