CSP2310 - Fish Ecology

Course CodeCSP2310
Course TitleFish Ecology
DescriptionFish Ecology will deal with all aspects of the ecology of fishes from their basic environmental physiology through food web interactions, competition, reproductive strategies, and the importance of size to ecological interactions.


  • Physiology, Growth and Energetics
  • Fish Bioenergetics
  • Locomotion, migration and movements
  • Feeding and trophic ecology
  • Predation and predator-prey interactions
  • Habitat and scale of measurement
  • Top-down vs. Bottom-up effects and controls
  • Ecology of lotic and lentic systems
  • Reproduction and life history traits and guilds
  • Early life history studies
  • Competition
  • Invasion ecology
  • Fish and Physical Fronts
  • Importance of size to ecological interactions/Fish management and fish ecology

This class is available for 3 hours of Graduate credit through West Virginia University. The graduate credit option is considerably more rigorous and includes both pre and post course work (readings, writing papers and taking an examination). If you are interested, please follow this link:

Graduate Credit
To provide participants with an understanding of the ways in which fish interact with each other and their environment and the potential impacts of these interactions upon fisheries. This course does not use a textbook, but rather integrates knowledge from a number of current research articles to study a particular aspect of fish ecology.

Participants will become familiar with scientific literature as well as the scientific method used to answer ecological questions.

Participants will learn how to integrate information from a variety of studies to support or refute scientific theories and generalizations.
Target Audience:
Biologists, researchers, and resource managers.

Delivery MethodInstructor Led
Non-FWS Fee$1,195.00
Instructional Hours40
Course Content ContactMatthew Patterson: matthew_patterson@fws.gov; (304) 876-7473; matthew_patterson@fws.gov
Curriculum CategoryAquatic Species Biology and Conservation
Course FrequencyEvery other year
Registration LinkLMS
College Credit NameSemester Hours
College Credit Value2
Extracted from DOI LEARN on10/3/2017 3:30:25 AM

Schedule:  CSP2310 - Fish Ecology