Animal Physiology

Teaching Animal physiology Physics of life Diversity of life Biophysical field methods

My course in animal physiology is a fully online course available through

It is divided into four modules:

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Animal Physiology 1. Respiration & gas exchange

Animal Physiology 2: Blood, circulation & gas exchange

Animal Physiology 3: Digestion & metabolism

Animal Physiology 4: Temperature, heat and water balance

About Animal Physiology

Animal physiology is, to use a common phrase, how animals work.

Animals are, in one sense, machines, and the aim of the science of physiology is to understand how these machines function—what drives them, how they operate, the interaction of the various systems they comprise, and the physical and chemical constraints on how they work.

Animals are also organisms, and this course is intended to help you understand how animals work as integrated units, i.e. as organisms. We will be concerned with how organisms’ various components work to keep an animal alive, with how these are coordinated, and how the various types of animals, despite their disparate evolutionary histories, solve common physiological problems, sometimes in remarkably innovative ways.

You can view the most recent syllabus here.

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