Biology of the Vertebrates
EEB 2214, Fall 2014
The evolution of form, function, & diversity of the vertebrates
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 in BPB130
Textbook: Vertebrate Life, by Pough F. H., C. M. Janis, and J. B. Heiser. 2012. 9th Edition. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings (8th edition also acceptable)
Exam 1 (Thursday, Sept. 25) = 100 points
Exam 2 (Thursday, Oct. 30) = 100 points
Final Exam (Friday, Dec. 12, TENTATIVE) = 125 points
Research Reviews (Tuesdays) = 30 points total (10 * 3 points)
Weekly Quizzes = 50 points total (10 * 5 points)
Collections Tour = 5 points
There will be two one-hour, non-cumulative, exams scheduled during the lecture hour. The final exam will be cumulative, with an emphasis on material from the final third of the course.
A quiz and research review will be done every week except the first week and the week of Oct. 14. The lowest research review/quiz grade (using the combined quiz + research review score) from each half of the semester will be dropped, resulting in 10 (of 12) of these grades being used to calculate the final grade. Because two scores are dropped, no make-ups will be given for research reviews or quizzes.
Any student who does not attend an exam and fails to receive permission in advance will receive a 0 for the exam. Approval of any request to miss an exam requires, but is not guaranteed by, verifiable written documentation of the reason. A student who receives approval to miss an exam will have his or her grade for the missed exam prorated based on his or her performance on the remainder of the exams. We will not give make-up exams. Every student must take the final. Permission to reschedule the final can only be obtained by following procedures determined by the Dean of Students Office (dos.uconn.edu).
Plagiarism and cheating are violations of the student conduct code, and may be punished by failure in the course or, in severe cases, dismissal from the University. For more information, see Section IV of the Student Conduct Code.
If you have a disability for which you may be requesting an accommodation, you should contact a course instructor and the Center for Students with Disabilities (Wilbur Cross Building, Room 201, within the first two weeks of the semester.
We expect all students to behave in a way that is respectful of others. The classroom conduct form, which describes our expectations in more detail, must be signed and returned to the teaching assistant by the end of the 2nd week of class.
The secret of success to this course is to not let yourself fall behind. Be sure to fill gaps in your notes and navigate blocks in your understanding as soon as possible. Should you run into trouble with the material, below we have listed some steps for obtaining assistance. While we welcome any and all questions on the material, before you contact us, please first check the resources below to see if your question has already been answered. If/when you do contact us, please understand that we will respond as quickly as we can, but we do have other obligations that might prevent this from happening as urgently as you may need (like 3:00 am the day of an exam...).
The textbook for this course is Pough F. H., C. M. Janis, and J. B. Heiser. 2012. Vertebrate Life, 9th Edition. Pearson/Benjamin Cummings (8th edition also acceptable.) . We strongly encourage you to read the assigned sections before lecture.
A review session will be held before each exam. Dates and times will be posted once they are set.
Lecture Schedule & Materials
|Part I: Aug 26 - Oct 9, Dr. Elizabeth Jockusch|
|Aug 26||Vertebrate diversity||--|| -- |
|Aug 28||Chordates and vertebrate origins||Chapter 1 & 2|| |
|Sept 2||Living jawless vertebrates||Chapter 3|| |
|Sept 4||Early vertebrate fossils||Chapter 3|| |
|Sept 9||Chondrichthyans||Chapter 5|| |
|Sept 11||Osteichthyan Origin and Diversification||Chapter 6|| |
|Sept 16||Actinopterygians||Chapter 6|| |
|Sept 18||Sarcopterygii & Evolution of tetrapods||pp. 125-128 & 196-211 (8th ed.)/153-156 & 189-201 (9th ed.)|| |
|Sept 23||Amphibian diversity and decline||Chapter 10|| |
|Sept 25||EXAM 1|| |
|Oct 2||Amniote origins||pp. 211-218 (8th ed.)/pp. 201-208 (9th ed.)|| |
|Oct 7||Amniote diversity / desert adaptations||Chapter 13|| |
|Oct 9||Snakes||pp. 339-349 (8th ed.)/pp. 317-327 (9th ed.)|| |
|Part 2: Oct 14 - Dec 12, Dr. Margaret Rubega|
|Oct 14||Turtles||Chapter 12|| |
|Oct 16||Turtles cont'd & Archosaurs||Chapter 16|| |
|Oct 21||Crocodilians & friends||Chapter 16|| |
|Oct 23||Dinosaurs and other Mesozoic diapsids||Chapter 16|| |
|Oct 28||Dinosaurs II||Chapter 16|| |
|Oct 30||EXAM 2|| |
|Nov 4||Birds: Avian origins||pp. 439-443 (8th ed.)/pp. 407-410 (9th ed.)|| |
|Nov 6||Birds: Feeding||Chapter 17|| |
|Nov 11||Birds:Morphology and Reproduction||Chapter 17|| |
|Nov 13||Mammals: Origins and radiations||Chapter 18|| |
|Nov 18||Mammals: Primate evolution and human origins||Chapter 24|| |
|Nov 20||Mammals: Diversity||Chapter 20|| |
|Dec 2||Mammals: Morphology and Behavior||Chapter 21|| |
|Dec 4||Vertebrate mass extinctions, past and present||Chapter 25|| |
|Dec 12||Final Exam 10:30 - 12:30 (Tentative)||Chapter 25|| |