'Fish' is a common name that includes three classes and over 32,000 species of modern-day animals. 54 species of fish are native to Alberta and at least 16 species/subspecies have been introduced. Introductions involve legal and illegal stockings and include species not native to Alberta. We start with an overview of the ecology and evolution of fishes in Alberta and then explore them in a lab setting and practise techniques commonly used by fish biologists to identify the different species found in Alberta.
Instructor: Sean Rogers, PhD
Dr. Sean Rogers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He is recognized internationally for his highly influential contributions to environmental genomics, an emerging field that seeks to predict and discover how organisms respond, at the genetic level, to changes in their external environment. He has published numerous research papers, most of which have appeared in prestigious internationally recognized scientific journals. He currently teaches first year biology (DNA to Diversity), Evolution, Molecular Ecology, and a field course in marine fishes at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre.
Dr. Rogers seeks solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing Canadians, including invasive species, biodiversity decline, fisheries and aquacultural productivity and sustainability, and rapid evolution in response to climate change. Dr. Rogers's impact extends beyond his success as a researcher and teacher. He takes pride in being an active member of the University of Calgary and City of Calgary communities.