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As part of the University of Florida's Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (FAS), faculty at the UF/IFAS Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (TAL) teach graduate level courses.  Below is a list of courses taught at the TAL or in Gainesville by TAL faculty.  A full listing of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences classes can be found on the FAS site.  The Graduate Course Catalog provides course listings for all departments.


Peacock bassFAS 4932/6932 (Special Topics):  Invasion Ecology of Aquatic Animals
Course Flyer (PDF)
Taught:  Spring 2008, Tuesdays 1:55 - 4:55 PM
Credits:  3
Location:  Little Hall, Room 235
Faculty:  Dr. Jeff Hill
Lecture and discussion. This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the field of invasion ecology and will emphasize aspects related to aquatic animals. Through lectures, readings, discussions, and invited expert speakers, students will be presented the ecological concepts and debates underlying this developing field; the biology and life history of nonnative aquatic animals, including characteristics of successful invaders (emphasis on Florida); risk analysis methodology; and the conservation and regulatory implications of nonnative aquatic species.

Lab session during Diseases of Warm Water Fish classFAS 5255C:  Diseases of Warmwater Fish
Taught:  Summer A, even years
Credits:  3
Location:  Week 1--UF Tropical Aquaculture Laboratory (Ruskin, FL); Week 2--UF Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (St. Augustine, FL)
Prerequisites:  Permission of instructor
Lead Faculty:  Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd
Intensive two-week course (80 contact hours) designed to provide instruction in the methodology of diagnosis and treatment of parasitic, bacterial, viral, nutritional, and environmental diseases of aquarium and warmwater food fish.  In addition to students, this course is also open to veterinarians, fisheries biologists, aquaculturists, and professional aquarists on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Dr. Ruth Francis-Floyd is lead faculty for this course.  TAL faculty and staff are contributing instructors.  More information on this class can be found at

Histology of fish kidneyFAS 6932:  Introduction to Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Histological Interpretation
Format:  Online via Sakai
Taught:  Spring 2011
Credits:  3
Location:  Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (Gainesville)
Prerequisites:  Permission of instructor
Lead Faculty:  Dr. Roy P.E. Yanong
Introduction to the basic histology of fish, bivalves, and corals and demonstration of some common histopathology associated with these organisms.


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