In the summer of 1997, I found myself for the first time on San Juan Island, at the University of Washington’s Friday Harbor Laboratory to take a six-week long course taught by Drs. Karel F. Liem and Bruce S. Miller titled “Functional Morphology and Marine Ecology of Fishes.” As a newly minted graduate student, and new to ichthyology generally (only a year earlier had I picked up a fish for the first time to dissect outside of my obligatory comparative anatomy Squalus dissection), I quickly became amazed and captivated by the fishes that I found surrounding me in this idyllic corner of the Pacific Northwest; having grown up surrounded by the taxonomically depauperate and, dare I say bland, ichthyofauna of the freshwaters of Massachusetts, I was quite simply overwhelmed and overjoyed. I recall that summer using a series of reference works (Hart, 1973), field guides (Miller and...

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