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<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 3265/5265 Herpetology</span><br>
 
<span style="font-size: x-large">EEB 3265/5265 Herpetology</span><br>
<span style="font-size: large">Spring 2011</span><br><br>
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<span style="font-size: large">Spring 2013</span><br><br>
<span style="font-size: small">'''Lecture Meeting Time:''' Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:50 in TLS181<br>
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<span style="font-size: small">'''Lecture Meeting Time:''' Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:50 in TLS 181<br>
 
<span style="font-size: small">'''Lab Meeting Time:''' Mondays 1:00 - 5:00 in TLS181<br>
 
<span style="font-size: small">'''Lab Meeting Time:''' Mondays 1:00 - 5:00 in TLS181<br>
<span style="font-size: small">'''Textbook:''' Pough F. H., et al. 2004. ''Herpetology'' 3rd Edition. PearsonPrentice Hall. <br> Additional readings will be assigned from the primary journal literature.<br><br>
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<span style="font-size: small">'''Textbook:''' Pough F. H., et al. 2004. ''Herpetology'' 3rd Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall. <br> Additional readings will be assigned from the primary journal literature.<br><br>
  
 
==Instructors==
 
==Instructors==
  
[[Image:Ben_CrocMan.jpg|right|Photo by A. Shepack]]<br>
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[[Image:Frogcute.jpg|thumb|right|Oh god, it's so cute!!]]<br>
  
 
'''[mailto:kentwood.wells@uconn.edu Dr. Kentwood Wells]'''<br>
 
'''[mailto:kentwood.wells@uconn.edu Dr. Kentwood Wells]'''<br>
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Office hours: by appointment<br><br>
 
Office hours: by appointment<br><br>
  
'''[mailto:elizabeth.timpe@uconn.edu Elizabeth Timpe]''' (Teaching Assistant)<br>
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'''[mailto:johana.goyes@uconn.edu Johana Goyes Vallejos]''' (Teaching Assistant)<br>
Email: elizabeth.timpe@uconn.edu<br>
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Email: johana.goyes@uconn.edu<br>
Office: Biology/Pharmacy 322<br>
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Office: Torrey Life Sciences Building 379 <br>
 
Phone: (860) 486-6215<br>
 
Phone: (860) 486-6215<br>
Office hours: Wednesdays 9:30 - 10:45, and by appointment<br><br><br>
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==Course Procedures and Policies==
 
==Course Procedures and Policies==
 
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/EEB3265%3A5265%20Course%20Procedures.doc}} Course Procedures 2011
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/3465%3A5465%20Lecture%20Schedule%202011.doc}} Lecture Schedule 2011
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:{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/3465%3A5464%20Lab%20Schedule%202011.doc}} Lab Schedule 2011
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==Lecture and Lab Schedule & Materials==
 
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| Jan 19 || Amphibians: Diversity and Morphological Evolution || Ch. 2, 3, 10 ||||
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| Jan 23 || Amphibians: Diversity and Morphological Evolution || Ch. 2, 3, 10 ||||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/images/0/03/Wells.pdf}}Wells Honorarium||
 
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| Jan 24 || Reptiles: Diversity and Morphological Evolution || Ch. 4, 10, 11 || Caecilian and Salamander Taxonomy ||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Gymnophiona_UrodelaLab_Spring2011.pdf}}Gymnophiona/Urodela Lab<br>[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Herpteology_Salamander_Videos Salamander Videos]<br>[http://www.rockedge.org/files/CT_salamandersfinal.pdf Salamanders of CT.pdf]<br>[http://ctamp.homestead.com/ctamphibians.html Amphibians of CT website]  
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| Jan 28 || Reptiles: Diversity and Morphological Evolution || Ch. 4, 10, 11 || Caecilian and Salamander Taxonomy ||[http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Herpteology_Salamander_Videos Salamander Videos]<br>[http://www.rockedge.org/files/CT_salamandersfinal.pdf Salamanders of CT.pdf]<br>[http://ctamp.homestead.com/ctamphibians.html Amphibians of CT website]  
 
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| Jan 26 || Amphibian Skin and Water Relations || Ch. 6 ||||  
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| Jan 30 || Amphibian Skin and Water Relations || Ch. 6 ||||  
 
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| Jan 31 || Amphibian Excretion and Osmoregulation || Ch. 6 || Salamander Taxonomy; '''Video''': ''Amphibians'' ||
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| Feb 4 || Amphibian Excretion and Osmoregulation || Ch. 6 || Salamander Taxonomy; '''Video''': ''Amphibians'' ||
 
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| Feb 2 || ''Lecture Cancelled due to Snow'' || Ch. 6 ||||  
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| Feb 6 || Reptile Water Relations || Ch. 6 ||||  
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Feb 4'' </font></span>|| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Lecture Makeup''</font></span> - Reptile Water Relations || Ch. 6 |||| {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/3465_5465%20Lecture%205%20Reptile%20Water%20Relations.pdf}} Lecture 5 Reptile Water Relations Lecture
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| Feb 11 || Behavioral Thermoregulation in Reptiles || Ch. 6 || Frog Taxonomy ||
 
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| Feb 7 || Behavioral Thermoregulation in Reptiles || Ch. 6 || Frog Taxonomy || {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/AnuraLab_Spring2011.pdf}}Anuran Lab<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/3465%3A5464%20anuran%20lab%20handout%20supplement_REVISED%20table.doc}} Anuran Taxonomy Lab Handout Supplement<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Herpetology%20Glossary.pdf}}Herpetology Glossary
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| Feb 13 || Amphibian Thermoregulation and Freeze Tolerance || Ch. 6 ||||  
 
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| Feb 9 || Amphibian Thermoregulation and Freeze Tolerance || Ch. 6 ||||  
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| Feb 18 || Physiological Temperature Adjustments || Ch. 6 || Frog Taxonomy; '''Video''': ''Cane Toads''||
 
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| Feb 14 || Physiological Temperature Adjustments || Ch. 6 || Frog Taxonomy; '''Video''': ''Cane Toads''||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/AmphibianQuiz2011.pdf}} Amphibian Practice Questions/Study Guide
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| Feb 20 || Gas Transport and Metabolism in Amphibians || Ch. 7 ||||  
 
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| Feb 16 || Gas Transport and Metabolism in Amphibians || Ch. 7 ||||  
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| Feb 25 || Respiration and Circulation in Reptiles || Ch. 7 || Turtles and Crocodilians; Amphibian Review; '''Video''': ''Crocodiles & Alligators, Turtles''<br> ||
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Feb 18'' </font></span>|| |||| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab time to prepare for practical 1PM-4PM''</font></span> ||  
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| Feb 27 || Activity Metabolism of Amphibians || Ch. 7 ||||
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Feb 20'' </font></span>|| |||| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab time to prepare for practical 12PM-4PM''</font></span> ||  
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| Mar 4 || Reptile Metabolism, Energetics, and Diet || Ch. 7 || <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''FIRST LAB PRACTICAL (Amphibians)'''</font></span> ||  
 
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| Feb 21 || Active Metabolism of Amphibians || Ch. 7 || Turtles and Crocodilians; Amphibian Review; '''Video''': ''Crocodiles & Alligators, Turtles''<br> '''Heretology Jeopardy (Herpardy) ||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Crocodilians_Turtles_Spring2011.pdf}}Crocodilians/Turtles Lab<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Turtle%20Review%20Questions11.pdf}} Turtle Review Questions<br>
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| Mar 6 || Energy Budgets and Energy Allocation || Ch. 7 ||||  
{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Reptile%20Definitions.pdf}}Reptile Definitions
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Feb 23'' </font></span>|| Respiration and Circulation in Reptiles || Ch. 7 ||<span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab time to prepare for practical 6PM-9PM''</font></span>||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/HerpetologyLecture_23Feb2011_HANDOUT.pdf}}Respiration and Circulation in Reptiles Lecture Slides
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| Mar 11 || Amphibian Reproductive Modes || Ch. 8 || Lizard Taxonomy ||
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Feb 25'' </font></span>|| |||| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab time to prepare for practical 1PM-4PM''</font></span> ||  
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| Mar 13 || Biology of Amphibian Larvae || Ch. 8, 11 ||||
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Feb 27'' </font></span>|| || || <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab time to prepare for practical 11AM - 7PM''</font></span> ||  
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| Mar 18 || SPRING BREAK (Go somewhere warm!) ||-----||----- ||
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''Feb 28''' </font></span>|| Reptile Metabolism, Energetics, and Diet || Ch. 7 || <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''FIRST LAB PRACTICAL (Amphibians)'''</font></span> ||  
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| Mar 20 || SPRING BREAK (Go somewhere warm!) ||-----||----- ||
 
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| Mar 2 || Energy Budgets and Energy Allocation || Ch. 7 |||| {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/restricted/Wells2001.pdf}} Wells 2001 Calling Energetics in Anurans<br>
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| Mar 25 || Ecological Aspects of Amphibian Metamorphosis || Ch. 8 || Lizard Taxonomy; '''Video''': ''Lizards'' ||  
 
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| Mar 7 || SPRING BREAK || ----------|| SPRING BREAK ||
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| Mar 27 || Reptile Eggs and the Evolution of Viviparity || Ch. 9 ||||
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| Mar 9 || SPRING BREAK || ----------||||
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| Mar 14 || Amphibian Reproductive Modes || Ch. 8 || Lizard Taxonomy || {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/LizardLab_Spring2011.pdf}} Lizard Lab<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Useful%20Information%20to%20Learn%20for%20LIZARD%20LAB.pdf}} Lizard Study Guide<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Lizards%20Study%20Guide11.pdf}}Lizard Review Questions
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| Mar 16 || ''Lecture Cancelled'' - Biology of Amphibian Larvae || Ch. 8, 11 ||||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/465%20lecture%2015%20biology%20of%20amphibian%20larvae.doc}} Lecture 15 Biol. of Amphibian Larvae Lecture
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Mar 20'' </font></span>||  ||  || <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab 1PM - 5PM''</font></span> ||
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| Mar 21 || Ecological Aspects of Amphibian Metamorphosis || Ch. 8 || Lizard Taxonomy; '''Video''': ''Lizards'' ||
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Mar 27'' </font></span>|| |||| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab 11AM - 4PM''</font></span>||
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| Mar 28 || Reptile Life History Strategies || Ch. 9 || Snake Taxonomy || {{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/Snakes_Spring2011.pdf}}Snake Lab<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/SnakePracticeQuestions.pdf}}Snake Practice Questions<br>[http://www.ct.gov/dep/lib/dep/wildlife/pdf_files/nongame/snkwebview.pdf Snakes of Connecticut]
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| Apr 1 || Reptile Life History Strategies || Ch. 9 || Snake Taxonomy ||
 
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| Mar 30 || Communication and Mating Systems of Salamanders || Ch. 13, 14 ||||  
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| Apr 3 || Communication and Mating Systems of Salamanders || Ch. 13, 14 ||||  
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Mar 31'' </font></span>|| |||| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab 5PM - 9PM''</font></span>||
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| Apr 8 || Frog Vocal Communication: Behavioral Aspects || Ch. 13 || Snake Taxonomy; Evolution of Snake Dentition ||
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| Apr 4 || Frog Vocal Communication: Behavioral Aspects || Ch. 13 || Snake Taxonomy; Evolution of Snake Dentition ||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/restricted/WellsandSchwartz2007.pdf}} Wells and Schwartz 2007 Anuran Communication
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| Apr 6 ||  Frog Vocal Communication: Call Production and Reception || Ch. 13 || <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab 5PM - 9PM''</font></span>||  
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| Apr 10 ||  Frog Vocal Communication: Call Production and Reception || Ch. 13 ||||  
 
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| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''Apr 7''' </font></span>|| |||| <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''FIELD TRIP - Meet at TLS at 7:30 PM. Bring headlamp if you have one.'''</font></span>||
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| Apr 15 || Mating Systems and Sexual Selection in Anurans || Ch. 14 || Reptile Review '''Video''': ''Snakes''||
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| Apr 11 || Mating Systems and Sexual Selection in Anurans || Ch. 14 || '''Video''': ''Snakes''; Reptile Review; '''Herpardy'''<br><span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''FIELD TRIP - Meet at TLS at 7:30 PM.</font></span> ||{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/ReptileReviewSpring2011.pdf}}Reptile Review Questions (multichoice)<br>{{pdf|http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/courses/EEB2214/HERPardy%20Spring%202011_B.pdf}} Reptile HERPardy
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| Apr 17 || Modes of Communication in Squamate Reptiles || Ch. 13 ||||
 
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| Apr 13 || Modes of Communication in Squamate Reptiles || Ch. 13 ||<span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">''Open lab 5PM - 9PM''</font></span>||
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| Apr 22 || Mating Systems and Sexual Selection in Squamates || Ch. 14||<span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''SECOND LAB PRACTICAL (Reptiles)'''</font></span> ||
 
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| Apr 24 || Social Behavior and Communication in other Reptiles || Ch. 13, 14 ||||
 
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| Apr 29 || Ecology of Terrestrial Amphibian and Reptile Communities || Ch. 15, 16 || AFTERNOON FIELD TRIP (Yale Forest)||
 
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| May 1 || Competition and Predation in Aquatic Amphibian Communities || Ch. 15, 16 ||||
 
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| Apr 20 || Social Behavior and Communication in other Reptiles || Ch. 13, 14 ||||
 
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| Apr 25 || Ecology of Terrestrial Amphibian and Reptile Communities || Ch. 15, 16 || <span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''Field Trip (Yale Forest)''' <br> ''woot woot''</font></span> ||
 
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| Apr 27 || Competition and Predation in Aquatic Amphibian Communities || Ch. 15, 16 ||||
 
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| Apr 28 ||  ||  ||<span style="font-size: small"><font color="#FF3300">'''FIELD TRIP - Meet at TLS at 8 PM.'''</font></span>||
 
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'''UConn Herpetology Club''':<br>
 
The formation of a UConn herpetology club is in the works for Fall 2011! If interested in becoming a member, please contact [mailto:danielle.m.freeman@uconn.edu Danielle Freeman]<br><br>
 
  
 
'''Websites:'''<br>
 
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[http://digimorph.org/ Digimorph]
 
  
 
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==Herps in the News==
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==Herps in the News (and other fun Stuff!)==
  
 
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Apr 21, 2011: [http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/notrocketscience/2011/04/19/kukrisnakes-fight-for-turtle-nests-with-dagger-teeth-forked-penises-and-false-heads/ Snake Cagematch]<br>
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Jan 31, 2013: [http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130108122951.htm Genetic Matchmaking Saves Endangered Frogs]<br>
Apr 12, 2011: [http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/04/symbiotic-salamander/ Symbiotic Salamander] <br>
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Jan 25, 2013: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9h1tR42QYA The Tiktaalik Song! so you don't forget the first tetrapod]<br>
Mar 29, 2011: [http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=catania-tentacled-snake-captures-prey How a Tentacled Snake (''Erpeton tentaculatum'') Eats]<br>
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Jan 23, 2013: [http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2013/01/uconn-biologist-honored-for-seminal-paper-on-social-behavior-of-frogs/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+uconn-today+%28UConn+Today%29 UConn Biologist Honored for Seminal Paper on Social Behavior of Frogs]<br>
Mar 25, 2011: [http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/04/snow-frogs/ruoso-photography Indomitable Snow Frogs]<br>
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Feb 27, 2011: [http://articles.sfgate.com/2011-02-22/bay-area/28617558_1_lyme-disease-ticks-borrelia Lizards and Lyme Disease]<br>
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Feb 27, 2011: [http://middletownpress.com/articles/2011/02/23/news/doc4d65660fa0948013442153.txt CT's Endangered Turtles]<br>
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Feb 27, 2011: [http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=turtles-in-trouble-new-report-ident-2011-02-25 25 Most Endangered Turtles]<br>
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Feb 27, 2011: [http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/02/turtle-navigation/ Sea Turtle Navigation]<br>
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Feb 21, 2011: [http://news.bbc.co.uk/earth/hi/earth_news/newsid_9398000/9398679.stm Short-lived Chameleons]<br>
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Feb 19, 2011: [http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/02/pictures/110217-extinct-frogs-species-science-amphibians-lost/?source=link_fb20110219extinctspeciesfound Rediscovered Frogs]<br>
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Feb 14, 2011: [http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-12393387 How snakes get legless THANKS BILL!!]<br>
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EEB 3265/5265 Herpetology
Spring 2013

Lecture Meeting Time: Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 - 11:50 in TLS 181
Lab Meeting Time: Mondays 1:00 - 5:00 in TLS181
Textbook: Pough F. H., et al. 2004. Herpetology 3rd Edition. Pearson Prentice Hall.
Additional readings will be assigned from the primary journal literature.

Contents

Instructors

Oh god, it's so cute!!

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

Johana Goyes Vallejos (Teaching Assistant)
Email: johana.goyes@uconn.edu
Office: Torrey Life Sciences Building 379
Phone: (860) 486-6215
Office hours: by appointment


Course Procedures and Policies

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The lecture portion of this course will deal with various aspects of the biology of amphibians and reptiles, including physiological ecology, communication, social behavior, reproduction, parental care, and community ecology. The laboratories will focus on the classification and distribution of the major families of amphibians and reptiles of the world, as well as identification of Connecticut species. There will be some evening field trips toward the end of the semester to see breeding of local amphibians and daytime field trips to see other species. Students are expected to attend the field trips.

Field Trips:
There will be a scheduled field trip to the Yale Forest during lab time Monday, April 25th. There will be additional evening field trips once the weather is warm enough. We will begin evening field trips as soon as the first amphibians start breeding, which could be as early as late March. Many of these will be arranged on short notice. We will try to do enough of these so that everyone has a chance to get out in the field a few times.

Readings:
The emphasis in this course in on readings from original literature. I will be handing out detailed reference bibliographies with each lecture; assigned readings will be marked with * on each bibliography. Those marked with † are available online and will not be supplied in hard copy. Xeroxed copies of papers not available online will be in the green filing cabinet in my outer office (TLS 380) and can be signed out. Please do not monopolize these readings for long periods of time, since it is impossible for me to make enough copies for the entire class. The course textbook is Herpetology (3rd ed.) by F. H. Pough, R. M. Andrews, J. E. Cadle, M. L. Crump, A. H. Savitzky, and K. D. Wells (Prentice Hall, 2004). An illustrated guide, Amphibians and Reptiles in Connecticut: A Checklist with Notes on Conservation Status, Identification, and Distribution by Michael Klemens (Connecticut DEP, 2000), may be useful as an additional reference for local species and can be ordered if students are interested.

Exams:
There will be two lecture exams. The midterm will be given sometime in March, perhaps as a take-home exam. The final exam will be essay format, given on May 8. For the final, I will hand out ten questions two weeks in advance, which you can prepare using class notes and readings. Several of these questions will appear on the final exam given during the scheduled exam period. You will not be able to bring any reference materials or notes to the exam. There will be two lab practicals covering taxonomy, distribution, and natural history of amphibians and reptiles.

Grades:
Grades will be determined approximately as follows:
Lab Practicals: 20% each
Midterm: 20%
Final: 40%

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 Appendix A 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.






Lecture and Lab Schedule & Materials

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Date Lecture Topic Readings Lab Supplemental Materials
Jan 23 Amphibians: Diversity and Morphological Evolution Ch. 2, 3, 10 Pdficon small.gifWells Honorarium
Jan 28 Reptiles: Diversity and Morphological Evolution Ch. 4, 10, 11 Caecilian and Salamander Taxonomy Salamander Videos
Salamanders of CT.pdf
Amphibians of CT website
Jan 30 Amphibian Skin and Water Relations Ch. 6
Feb 4 Amphibian Excretion and Osmoregulation Ch. 6 Salamander Taxonomy; Video: Amphibians
Feb 6 Reptile Water Relations Ch. 6
Feb 11 Behavioral Thermoregulation in Reptiles Ch. 6 Frog Taxonomy
Feb 13 Amphibian Thermoregulation and Freeze Tolerance Ch. 6
Feb 18 Physiological Temperature Adjustments Ch. 6 Frog Taxonomy; Video: Cane Toads
Feb 20 Gas Transport and Metabolism in Amphibians Ch. 7
Feb 25 Respiration and Circulation in Reptiles Ch. 7 Turtles and Crocodilians; Amphibian Review; Video: Crocodiles & Alligators, Turtles
Feb 27 Activity Metabolism of Amphibians Ch. 7
Mar 4 Reptile Metabolism, Energetics, and Diet Ch. 7 FIRST LAB PRACTICAL (Amphibians)
Mar 6 Energy Budgets and Energy Allocation Ch. 7
Mar 11 Amphibian Reproductive Modes Ch. 8 Lizard Taxonomy
Mar 13 Biology of Amphibian Larvae Ch. 8, 11
Mar 18 SPRING BREAK (Go somewhere warm!) ----- -----
Mar 20 SPRING BREAK (Go somewhere warm!) ----- -----
Mar 25 Ecological Aspects of Amphibian Metamorphosis Ch. 8 Lizard Taxonomy; Video: Lizards
Mar 27 Reptile Eggs and the Evolution of Viviparity Ch. 9
Apr 1 Reptile Life History Strategies Ch. 9 Snake Taxonomy
Apr 3 Communication and Mating Systems of Salamanders Ch. 13, 14
Apr 8 Frog Vocal Communication: Behavioral Aspects Ch. 13 Snake Taxonomy; Evolution of Snake Dentition
Apr 10 Frog Vocal Communication: Call Production and Reception Ch. 13
Apr 15 Mating Systems and Sexual Selection in Anurans Ch. 14 Reptile Review Video: Snakes
Apr 17 Modes of Communication in Squamate Reptiles Ch. 13
Apr 22 Mating Systems and Sexual Selection in Squamates Ch. 14 SECOND LAB PRACTICAL (Reptiles)
Apr 24 Social Behavior and Communication in other Reptiles Ch. 13, 14
Apr 29 Ecology of Terrestrial Amphibian and Reptile Communities Ch. 15, 16 AFTERNOON FIELD TRIP (Yale Forest)
May 1 Competition and Predation in Aquatic Amphibian Communities Ch. 15, 16
May 8 FINAL EXAM





Additional Resources

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Websites:

Local
Online Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of CT
Reptiles and Amphibians of CT
New England Herpetological Society

Amphibians
Video about Amphibian Extinction
Amphibiaweb
AMNH's Amphibian Species of the World
Amphibian Portal from USGS-NBII
Deban Lab Amphibian Feeding

General Herpetology
Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles
American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
The Herpetologists' League
The Center for North American Herpetology
Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
New England Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
EMYSystem Online Turtle Resource
HerpNET
eNature Online Field Guides


Herps in the News (and other fun Stuff!)

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Jan 31, 2013: Genetic Matchmaking Saves Endangered Frogs
Jan 25, 2013: The Tiktaalik Song! so you don't forget the first tetrapod
Jan 23, 2013: UConn Biologist Honored for Seminal Paper on Social Behavior of Frogs

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