Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation

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Sharks! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation

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Did you know that you can track some sharks’ movements on Twitter? Or that the scales on their skin have influenced the way humans design boats, planes, and even swim suits? Or that sharks have more senses than humans?

In this biology course, you will learn how scientists study sharks. You will join researchers on location in labs, aquariums, and oceans across the globe to learn about the biodiversity, biology, and conservation of sharks, rays, and chimaeras.

In this activity‑rich course, you’ll track movements of a wild shark, observe shark habitats and behavior, and dig deep into the fossil record. You will also examine topics in the functional anatomy, sensory biology, reproduction, behavior, and ecology of many of the 1,200 living species.

This is an exciting time to be a shark biologist. An explosion of new research methods and technologies are leading to a surprising world of discovery. We’ll introduce new, as well as ...

Did you know that you can track some sharks’ movements on Twitter? Or that the scales on their skin have influenced the way humans design boats, planes, and even swim suits? Or that sharks have more senses than humans?

In this biology course, you will learn how scientists study sharks. You will join researchers on location in labs, aquariums, and oceans across the globe to learn about the biodiversity, biology, and conservation of sharks, rays, and chimaeras.

In this activity‑rich course, you’ll track movements of a wild shark, observe shark habitats and behavior, and dig deep into the fossil record. You will also examine topics in the functional anatomy, sensory biology, reproduction, behavior, and ecology of many of the 1,200 living species.

This is an exciting time to be a shark biologist. An explosion of new research methods and technologies are leading to a surprising world of discovery. We’ll introduce new, as well as traditional techniques, for classifying sharks, understanding behavior, and unraveling the mysteries of shark evolution. You’ll be invited to explore global shark populations and consider shark-human interactions and their impacts on history and culture.

You’ll be rewarded by your ability to see virtually any animal with new eyes. Practice thinking like a biologist while honing critical skills that can lead to broader observations about the ongoing history of life on Earth.

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10/10 starsCompleted
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1 year, 6 months ago
I really liked this course, since you can learn not only about different kinds of these amazing creatures, but also about myths, conservation, and their evolutionary history. Also, you can track shark movements and learn basics of anatomy, biology, and shark behavior, which makes this course an excellent standalone guide to these magnificent creatures. Quizzes depend on the videos watched, and are not that difficult, but I suggest taking notes. :)
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 6 months ago
I loved this course. Once I started, I was hooked. I am a diver and have often dived among spectacular Chondrichthians, mostly Grey Nurse, Wobbegongs, Port Jacksons, Huge Stingrays, Eagle rays & Mantas, now I see them in much more detail. How they move, their habits, the different species, ...I appreciate them even more now. This course led me to do the Tropical Coastal Ecosystems one which I also enjoyed, that in turn led me to Climate Science which I'm doing now. Thank you EDX
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Fernando Garces

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 9 months ago
Excellent course, very very complete and full of information delivered in an easy to understand and not overwhelming pace. I loved every part of it.
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Oliver Defreitas

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Just an amazing course. Loved it. If this comes again in the future, I urge anyone that sees this to do it!
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Elyse Reagan

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Great course. Very detailed and intriguing. The wide range of topics regarding sharks (biology, conservation efforts, overfishing, habitats, etc.) made it so that I never lost interest. I highly recommend this course for those who want a bit more than the basics.
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8/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
The class is very well put together I found each of the topics engaging and learned a lot in the first couple weeks. The one thing I feel it could improve on is the depth of some of the later more advanced topics seemed to be lacking at time. Very good course!
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Niklas Nilsson

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Great course on just the right detail level to "pull me in". Very good structure with short passages of text mixed with videos of varying lenght. In most cases videos were very well produced and had good sound and video quality. I would reccomend all my scuba diver friends to take this course. Thanks!
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Steven Tran

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
I loved this course. I've been interested in sharks since I had watched shark week back in 2005, and when I saw this course I immediately jumped at the chance to enroll. And I was definitely not disappointed. The content taught during the course was very informative and was taught at a reasonable pace, the discussions challenged me to think about how shark research and shark conservation was conducted, and I interacted with thousands of people who also had a love of sharks. The certificate is also a great bonus since I plan on studying sharks as a career in the future. I would recommend any shark enthusiast to enroll in this course.
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Toby Hewson

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Great course - very easy to follow and excellent resources. Great format - easy to interact with, very responsive and very social. Great tutors - top experts in the world - it doesn;t get ny better!
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Anders Holmberg

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Very nicely presented course, not very deep into each and every part but nevertheless excellent. I would very much recommend this course to anyone with an interst in sharks.
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10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Brilliant course! So much more detailed than I expected, I learnt SO much in such a short space of time. I would wholeheartedly recommend this course to anyone, you don't necessarily have to be passionate about sharks before the course but you definitely are by the end! I would take another similar course any day, it massively exceeded my expectations. Thank you to all the team who put it together so well - a thorough success.
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Kathy Townsend

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
This is a wonderful example of how online learning can be done well. The mix of video, original artworks, text, true/false, multiple choice, interviews with leading biologist in the field and the discussion platforms was truely inspiring. The content was clear, but never dumbed down. It has encouraged me to enrole in more edX.com courses. I can not wait for the next installment.
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F Horowitz

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
This course exceeded my expectations. A wide variety of videos and lecturers kept things moving and the topics covered were diverse. The workload was not that high - appropriate for an enthusiast such as me, but probably too basic for those versed in the field. It was very clear how passionate the instructors were and Prof Bemis & Moyer were fantastic.
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Tom Lynch

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Fantastic course - definitely a large amount of info that I can use to supplement my learning and knowledge of chondrichthyans Has given me a few things to think about in terms of future projects, either for masters or a possible PhD. Would recommend wholeheartedly.
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Michelle Lamon-Paredes

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Excellent course! One of the most interactive I have ever take through EdX. The professors truly want you to understand the material and the learning is engaging. Sharks are beautiful creatures and this class covers everything from anatomy to behavior. I would highly recommend this class to anyone who has an interest in sharks!
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Barbara Michalik

10/10 starsTaking Now
3 years, 10 months ago
The Sharks course through CornellX and U of Queensland is such a rich, well-planned, and interesting course! I learned so much over the four week course as did my children who hoomeschool. One of our kids has discovered a passion for marine biology and has continued investigation beyond the course. Thank you to the instructors and course designers for putting together a brilliant and engaging course!
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Trent M

10/10 starsCompleted
3 years, 10 months ago
Just completed the course. Have been a shark fan for years, watch every doco I can, read a fair bit, reckon I know a lot compared to the Average Joe - but here I learned A LOT! At times I felt it was a bit heavy on scientific terms, but in fairness, they were explained well and not sure how else it could've been done. The crux of the message still got through. For those that need the technical terms, it's there, for those that just want the lay man info, it's there too. Very well done. Thanks!
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Michael Muend

10/10 starsCompleted
4 years ago
I'm sure that I will learn more about sharks and complete my knowledge I already have. Your teachers are all professionals and specialists their sectors...
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