Fish Swimming Course – Summer 2017- Friday Harbor Labs

Summer course on Fish Swimming at Friday Harbor Laboratories

Title of the course: “FISH SWIMMING: Kinematics, Ecomorphology,

Behavior & Environmental Physiology”. A Summer course for graduate

students (Masters and PhD) and post-docs  to be held at Friday Harbor

Laboratories (FHL, USA) (July 17th to August 18th 2017). (FHL 528, 9


Instructors: Dr. Paolo Domenici (CNR, Italian National Research

Council, Italy) and Dr. John F. Steffensen (University of Copenhagen,


Scope: Fish swimming is a multidisciplinary area of research that

encompasses biomechanics, physiology, energetics, ecology and

behavior. Knowledge of fish swimming is relevant both for students

interested in mechanisms of locomotion, and those interested in

locomotor adaptations to the environment.

Subjects and techniques: The main subjects will be 1)the kinematics

and performance of swimming in fish using various locomotory modes, 2)

the ecomorphology of fish locomotion, 3)locomotor strategies, 4)

metabolic aspects of fish swimming, and 5)the effect of various

environmental factors on fish swimming. These topics will be treated

in lectures and laboratory sessions. Students will learn techniques of

video analysis, kinematics, energetics and respirometry.

Lectures and lab work: The first half of the course will have an

emphasis on lectures and explanations of techniques for studying fish

swimming in the laboratory. In the second half of the course, emphasis

will be placed on laboratory work. Students will pursue independent

research projects. Enrollment will be limited to 15 graduate students

or postdocs. Here is a list of published papers carried out by

students during the course in previous years:

Tuition fees and financial aid: FHL offers financial aid to applicants

from any country. FHL has recently lowered the tuition fees for summer

courses. General information for applicants (including tuition and

financial aid, room and board) can be found at:

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until February 20th 2017 or

later, if space is available.

Contact: For additional information contact: or