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The two-day, fully online Ichthyology course provides a comprehensive overview of fish phylogeny, ecology and physiology. We will review in detail the characteristics that distinguish major extant groups of fishes. We will explore, compare and contrast: fish anatomy (internal and external), physiology (skeletal and muscle system, respiration, buoyancy, digestive, circulatory and reproductive systems, electro-, chemo- and mechanoreception, vision and osmoregulation) and ecology (feeding, diet, growth, breeding, migration and environmental adaptations). Participants will develop the foundation for studying and managing fisheries and evaluating biological requirements for fish habitat restoration projects.    

Taught by one of Canada’s foremost Ecologists and researchers, this ‘hands on’ training program includes group exercises, presentation, lecture and case study reviews. This course will appeal to a professional that manages or will manage projects and is required to design and conduct ecological studies.


Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:

  • Identify, compare and contrast major taxonomic groups of fish
  • Identify internal and external features of fish
  • Describe and understand physiological processes
  • Describe and understand ecological behaviours and guilds 
  • Apply knowledge of fish ecology/physiology to fish habitat restoration projects, fisheries research or management


There are no prerequisites for this course, although a background in biology would be beneficial.  

Who attends this course?

Course participants typically include: current fisheries field technicians and biologists, other environmental professionals, resource workers, individuals new to the industry and graduates of other natural resource-related programs requiring a refresher or additional knowledge of fish phylogeny, ecology and physiology.

Personal Equipment Requirements:

Participants are required to bring/supply their own laptop, writing pad, pen/pencils and refreshments (lunch is not provided).  For further information, please contact NRTG.  

How do I Attend?

The Ichthyology course is regularly scheduled and delivered on contract to companies or organizations.  Individuals interested in attending an Ichthyology delivery should review our Course Schedule page for upcoming dates.

If you would like to have this course delivered to your company or organization or community, please consider the following:

  • Contact us well in advance of your preferred course start date
  • If applicable, secure program funding
  • Recruit course participants (most NRTG courses have minimum enrollments of 8-10 participants)
  • Coordinate course participant equipment, classroom facility and contractual agreement with NRTG.

Instructor Profile 

Jeff Sereda, PhD.

Senior Fisheries Ecologist, Adjunct Professor University of Saskatchewan

Jeff holds a PhD. in Limnology and an Aquaculture Technician Diploma. He served as manager of a commercial salmonid hatchery for 4 years, lectured at the University of Saskatchewan on topics of fish physiology, taxonomy, ecology, conservation and aquaculture. Currently, Jeff is a Senior Habitat and Population Ecologist with the Saskatchewan Government and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Saskatchewan.

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