Friday Harbor Labs, WA, USA: Fish Swimming course for graduate students and postdocs (posted 2018-12-21)

Title: Fish Swimming: Kinematics, Ecomorphology, Behavior & Environmental Physiology

Instructors: Paolo Domenici (CNR Italy) and John Steffensen (University of Copenhagen)

Dates: July 22nd-August 23rd, 2019

Course description: Fish swimming is a multidisciplinary area of research that encompasses biomechanics, physiology, ecology and behavior. Knowledge of fish swimming is relevant both for students interested in mechanisms of locomotion, and those interested in locomotor adaptations to the environment. The main subjects will be 1) the kinematics and performance of swimming in fish using various locomotory modes, 2) the ecomorphology of fish locomotion, 3) locomotor strategies, 4) metabolic aspects of fish swimming, and 5) the effect of various environmental factors on fish swimming. These topics will be treated in lectures and laboratory sessions. Students will learn techniques of video analysis, kinematics, energetics and respirometry. The first half of the course will have an emphasis on lectures and explanations of techniques for studying fish swimming in the laboratory. In the second half of the course, emphasis will be placed on laboratory work. Students will pursue independent research projects. Enrolment will be limited to 15 graduate students.

More information (including tuition and financial aid) can be found at:

List of publications based on students' projects carried out during the course in previous years:

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications will be accepted until February 1st 2019 or later, if space is available. Early applications are encouraged. Financial aid is available to students from all countries.

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