Biology of the Vertebrates Honors Conversion

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Honors Conversion for EEB 2214
Fall 2014 Semester
Instructors: Elizabeth Jockusch and Margaret Rubega
Teaching Assistant: Kevin Burgio

The intent of honors conversion of a non-honors course is to engage a student more deeply in methodology and theory, address more sophisticated questions and problems, and to satisfy more rigorous standards than would otherwise be expected in the course. (see the university policy on Honors Conversions at: The following opportunity for converting this course for Honors credit is available; a limited number of students can accommodated during any single semester, and the usual requirements for Honors Conversions (satisfactory completion of the assigned tasks; a minimum grade in the course of B-) apply. If you wish to receive Honors Conversion credit in the course, you must receive approval from the instructor(s), and YOU are responsible for filling out, securing instructor signatures, and submitting the Honors Scholar Course Conversion and Plan forms to the Honors Office by the program deadline.

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Vertebrate Research Collection

Supervised by: Susan Hochgraf, Vertebrate Collections Manager
Thursdays ONLY

The Biodiversity Research Collections of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Connecticut reflect the richness of the world’s biodiversity. The vertebrate holdings consist of dried, frozen and fluid-preserved specimens of fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and mammals, with a particularly strong emphasis on South American mammals. Students will assist the Vertebrate Collections Manager in curating and maintaining specimens, and the databases by which they are tracked. This activity will expose students to a wide variety of specimens illustrating the concepts and evolutionary history covered in class, and to the methods by which specimens are preserved and stored for research on the evolutionary history and relationships among the major groups of vertebrates. Honors scholars early in their UConn careers may also identify Honors Thesis projects using collections specimens during the course of this work.

Requirements: 15 hours, in time blocks of no less than 2 hours, on Thursdays ONLY. (The collections manager is present only on Thursdays, and students may not work unsupervised.)