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Cornell, Queensland Universities Offering Free Online Shark Biology Course

Looks like this summer’s upcoming “Shark Week” on the Discovery Channel won’t be the only place you’ll be able to learn more about sharks.

Cornell University in the USA and the University of Queensland in Australia have teamed up to launch a free, online course to teach shark biodiversity, biology and conservation issues.

The four-week course, which begins on June 28, will teach shark anatomy, habitats, evolutionary history, the shark’s role in the underwater ecology and more, according to the course website:

“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.”

While the course itself is free, it’ll cost you US$49/44 Euros to order the certificate of completion.

For more information about the course, check out the video below or click here to register.

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.