Biology of the Vertebrates 2011

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EEB 2214, Fall 2011
The evolution of form, function, & diversity of the vertebrates
Meeting Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 in BPB130
Textbook: VERTEBRATE LIFE Pough F. H., C. M. Janis, and J. B. Heiser. 2009. Vertebrate Life, 8th Edition. Prentice Hall.

Contents

Instructors

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Dr. Kentwood Wells
Email: kentwood.wells@uconn.edu
Office: Torrey Life Sciences Building 312
Phone: (860) 486-4319
Office hours: by appointment

Susan Herrick
Email: susan.herrick@uconn.edu
Office: Torrey Life Science Building 470
Phone: (860) 486-5662
Office hours: by appointment

Elizabeth Timpe (Teaching Assistant)
Email: elizabeth.timpe@uconn.edu
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 322
Phone: (860) 486-6215
Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00-3:30, and by appointment

Grading

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Exam 1 = 100 points (25%)
Exam 2 = 100 points (25%)
Exam 3 = 100 points (25%)
Final - Cumulative = 100 points (25%)

There will be two one-hour, non-cumulative, exams scheduled during the lecture hour. During the final exam period, a third one-hour exam will be given covering material from the final third of the course. Additionally a final cumulative exam will be administered at this time.









Course Policies



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Missed Exams:
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 (Exam 4). Permission to reschedule the final can only be obtained through procedures determined by the Office of Student Services and Advocacy.

Academic Integrity:
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.

Disabilities:
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.


Help Resources


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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. 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...).

Miscellaneous Resources:
Pdficon small.gif Vertebrate Phylogeny

Study Questions:
Study Questions (by lectures)

FAQ's:

Links to External Resources:

DigiMorph - Excellent source of 2 & 3D images of internal & external structures of various organisms
ARKive - a unique collection of thousands of wildlife videos, images and fact-files, with a special focus on the world's threatened species









Vertebrates in the News

Rhino helicopter ride - 17 Novemebr 2011
Because the alternative title to this course is David Attenborough 101 - 17 November 2011
Toad cannibalism - 1 November 2011
Turtles sacrificed in ritual WARNING: GRAPHIC - 30 October 2011
Beetle vs. Frog - 22 Sept 2011
Late Cretaceous dinosaur and bird feathers preserved in amber - 16 Sept 2011
Fossil Viviparous Lizard - 13 Sept 2011
Monster croc! - 6 Sept 2011
Alaska to appeal decision to keep polar bears on threatened species list - 28 Aug 2011
Dolphin tool use - 28 Aug 2011

Lecture Schedule & Materials

Date Topic Readings Materials
Part I: Aug 30 - Oct 13, Dr. Kentwood Wells
Aug 30 Diversity, classification, and origin of vertebrates Chapters 1, 2 Pdficon small.gifLecture 1 outline
Pdficon small.gif Lecture 1 slides

Pdficon small.gif Vertebrate Phylogeny
Study Questions

Sept 1 Vertebrate body plan and organ systems Chapter 2

Pdficon small.gifLecture 2 outline
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Study Questions

Sept 6 Fossil and living jawless vertebrates Chapter 3

Pdficon small.gifLecture 3 outline
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Study Questions
Hagfish Slime Video
Geological Time Scale Quick Reference

Sept 8 Evolution of jaws; biology of Chondrichthyes Chapters 3, 5 Pdficon small.gifLecture 4 outline
Pdficon small.gif Lecture 4 slides

Study Questions

Sept 13 Evolution of bony fishes; sarcopterygians Chapter 6 Pdficon small.gifLecture 5 outline
Pdficon small.gif Lecture 5 slides

Study Questions

Sept 15 Respiration, feeding, schooling of fishes Chapters 4 and 6

Pdficon small.gifLecture 6 outline
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Sept 20 Fish reproduction, mating systems, parental care Chapter 6 Pdficon small.gifLecture 7 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 7 slides
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Sept 22 Origin of tetrapods Chapters 7, 8, 9 Pdficon small.gifLecture 8 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 8 slides
Study Questions

Sept 27 Diversity, morphology, and feeding of amphibians
Review Session 6PM in BPB 130
Chapter 10 Pdficon small.gifLecture 9 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 9 slides
Study Questions

Sept 29 EXAM 1
Bring a #2 pencil

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Lectures dating from Aug 30 - Sept 27
Oct 4 Reproduction and mating systems of amphibians Chapter 10 Pdficon small.gifLecture 10 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 10 slides
Study Questions

Oct 6 Amniote evolution, morphology, and reproduction Chapter 11 Pdficon small.gifLecture 11 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 11 slides
Study Questions

Oct 11 Lepidosaur biology Chapter 13 Pdficon small.gifLecture 12 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 12 slides
Study Questions

Oct 13 Physiological adaptations of ectotherms Chapters 4, 13, 14 Pdficon small.gifLecture 13 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 13 slides
Study Questions

Part II: Oct 18 - Dec 16, Instructor Susan Herrick
Oct 18 Turtles and crocodilians Chapter 12 Pdficon small.gifLecture 14 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 14 slides
Study Questions
Green Sea Turtle eating jellyfish
Green Turtle grooming station

Oct 20 Crocs continued; Dinosaurs and other Mesozoic diaspids Chapter 16

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 14 slides (Crocs) cont'd
Pdficon small.gifLecture 15 outline
Pdficon small.gif Lecture 15 slides
Study Questions

Oct 25 Evolution and structure of birds Chapter 16 Pdficon small.gifLecture 16 outline

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Study Questions

Oct 27 Feeding adaptations of birds Chapter 17

Pdficon small.gifLecture 17 outline
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Study Questions
Hummingbird Tongues 1
Hummingbird Tongues 2

Nov 1 Mating systems of birds
Review Session 6PM in BPB 130
Chapter 17 Pdficon small.gifLecture 18 outline

Pdficon small.gif Lecture 18 slides
Study Questions

Nov 3 EXAM 2
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Many of you may have noticed a 3 point increase in your Exam 2 grade. This is due to an error on the scantron key. Contact Beth with any questions.
Lectures dating from Oct 4 - Nov 1
Nov 8 Cooperative breeding of birds Chapter 17

Pdficon small.gifLecture 19 outline
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Study Questions
White-fronted Bee-eater

Nov 10 Origin of mammals; monotremes and marsupials Chapter 18

Pdficon small.gifLecture 20 outline
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Study Questions

Nov 15 Mammalian diversity Chapter 20 Study Questions
Nov 17 Mammalian diversity (continued) Chapter 21 Pdficon small.gifLecture 21/22 outline
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Study Questions
Nov 29 Mammalian feeding adaptations Chapter 21 Pdficon small.gifLecture 23 outline
Pdficon small.gifLecture 23 slides

Study Questions

Dec 1 Mammalian feeding adaptations (continued); Mammal mating systems Chapter 21

Pdficon small.gifLecture 24 outline
Pdficon small.gifLecture 24 slides
Study Questions

Dec. 6 Physiology of endotherms Chapters 22

Pdficon small.gifLecture 25 outline
Pdficon small.gifLecture 25 slides
Study Questions

Dec 8 Primate societies Chapter 23

Pdficon small.gifLecture 26 outline
Pdficon small.gifLecture 26 slides
Study Questions

Dec 13 Review Session 6PM in BPB 130
Dec 16 EXAM 3 and 4 (FINAL) 10:30 am-12:30 pm EXAM 3 = lectures dating from Nov 8 - Dec 8
FINAL = cumulative
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