This course is an exploration of the patterns of fish diversity, the ecological and evolutionary processes that give rise to that diversity, and the resilience and sustainability that result. The topics that we will cover are intended to act as foundational principles that fisheries resource professionals will use throughout their careers. Together we will examine the complexity of what constitutes a ‘fishery’ and better understand the factors that have led some fisheries to collapse and others to persist. In addition to lectures, students will read, discuss, and write extensively and by doing so, can expect to gain better understanding of the “science of sustainability” with regards to 21st century fisheries in Alaska and beyond.
This course has the following objectives for student learning:
To develop a thorough understanding of the complexity of natural resource issues;
To critically read and synthesize diverse opinions on issues;
To foster each student’s own informed views of complex natural resource issues;
To clearly express those views in writing and in discussion with peers.