ADVANCED TOPICS IN AQUACULTURE
This course is an introduction to aquaculture covering all the major aspects of aquaculture including, analyses of culture systems, water quality, major culture species, pathobiology, nutrition, physiology, reproduction, social and environmental impacts, and regulations pertaining to commercial aquaculture. The course is structured in a lecture/lab manner with field trips to nearby aquaculture facilities included. Assessment will include a presentation of virtual farm/facility tour, class research project, lab notebook, final exam and participation. The course is designed for students interested in aquaculture research, hands-on applications and industry practices.
CLASS RESEARCH PROJECT
The instructor and students will collaborate on a class research project at MLML. In relation to the rise of purple sea urchin “barrens” in Northern and Central California Coast ecosystems, students will investigate the purple sea urchin as a potential species for aquaculture. Using the MLML aquaculture facility, students will conduct a feeding trial with urchins testing the effect of various treatments on the development and growth of urchin gonads. Over the course of the study students will be responsible for designing the experimental system, husbandry, data collection and analysis. This will introduce students to various laboratory and analytical techniques used by aquaculture researchers and the industry alike. Based on the results of the study, students will be required to write a paper in a journal manuscript format as if it is intended for scientific peer review.