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MAMMALOGY

FALL 2013

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Contents

INSTRUCTOR


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Kurt engulfed by small, scaly, legless mammals
Kurt in 1977 as Bronx Zoo mammal keeper, with juvenile guanaco (and hair!)


Kurt Schwenk, Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Office: PharmBio 600 (6th floor, next to north, freight elevators)
Lab: PharmBio 410, 412
Voice: (860) 486-0351
Lab phone: (860) 486-4158
Fax: (860) 486-6364
Email: kurt.schwenk@uconn.edu
Dr. Schwenk's web page

HOW TO GET TO KURT'S OFFICE (FROM THE TORREY LIFE SCIENCES BLDG.)

1. Go to basement of Torrey
2. Go to east end of hallway (the end closest to Pathobiology bldg., where PNB labs are)
3. Enter Pharmacy-Biology Bldg. through double doors
4. Walk down ramp to elevator - take elevator to 6th floor
5. Exit elevator and turn sharp right - office door is right there (my name is on the wall)

HOW TO GET TO KURT'S OFFICE (FROM SOUTH SIDE OF CAMPUS)

1. Enter Pharmacy-Biology Bldg. through main entrance
2. Go to lobby elevator, take to 6th floor
3. Exit elevator, turn right
4. Walk until you come to closed double doors that have sign on them saying 'Alarm Will Sound' - IGNORE THIS and walk right through
5. Walk down hallway past labs and at end of hall pass through another set of double doors into freight elevator vestibule
6. Kurt's office is immediately to left of elevator


TEACHING ASSISTANT—BILL RYERSON


Bill on his bike (although my grad students are not required to ride a motorcycle, it helps...
Bill is so strong, he can lift heavy salamanders like this one!
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Bill Ryerson (doctoral student in Kurt's lab)
Office/Lab: BioPharm 410
Voice: 486-4158
Fax: 486-6364
Email: william.ryerson@uconn.edu
Web: http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/William_Ryerson









ASSISTANT TEACHING ASSISTANT—LAURA CISNEROS


Laura in the field
Laura gives a thumbs up to mammalogy (or maybe just the hippo skull...
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Laura Cisneros (doctoral student in Mike Willig's lab and an actual mammalogist!)
Office/Lab: CESE 187 (Horsebarn Hill)
Voice: 486-1772
Email: laura.cisneros@uconn.edu
Web: http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/eebedia/index.php/Laura_Cisneros









ANNOUNCEMENTS



  • Figures showing the Eutherian Orders and their phylogenetic relationships—new download, below


  • Link to PowerPoint file showing images about evolution of the jaw joint, masseter muscle, secondary palate—below


  • DOWNLOAD/UPLOAD DIRECTIONS FOR CAMERA-TRAP PHOTOS AVAILABLE BELOW


  • LECTURE EXAM 1 SAMPLE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD BELOW


  • NOTE CLASS PICTURES AND 'HIERARCHICAL THINKING' ESSAY POSTED BELOW


  • NOTE NEW DOWNLOADS AVAILABLE BELOW, INCLUDING LECTURE SCHEDULE. Lab schedule forthcoming.


  • (8/28) OPTIONAL BOOKS YOU CAN ORDER ONLINE (These books are most useful for their chapter by chapter accounts of each of the major mammal groups. The sections on early mammals, morphology and evolution are poor, out-of-date and generally useless:


Feldhamer et al. (2007) Mammalogy, 3rd edition, McGraw-Hill.
Vaughan et al. (2011) Mammalogy, 5th ed. Jones and Bartlett.




COURSE DOWNLOADS


Pdficon small.gif Eutherian Phylogeny and Orders

LINK—POWERPOINT PICTURES SHOWING EVOLUTION OF THE MAMMALIAN JAW JOINT AND MIDDLE EAR + A COUPLE OTHER THINGS

link=http://hydrodictyon.eeb.uconn.edu/people/schwenk/3254_Photo_ Upload_ Directions.pdf Directions for downloading/uploading camera-trap photos

Pdficon small.gif LECTURE EXAM 1 SAMPLE QUESTIONS

Pdficon small.gif LECTURE EXAM 1 ANSWERS TO SAMPLE QUESTIONS

Pdficon small.gif Who we are—student pictures!

Pdficon small.gif UConn Fall 2013 Academic Calendar

Pdficon small.gif SYLLABUS WITH LECTURE SCHEDULE (keep watching this spot for lab schedule!)

Pdficon small.gif Literary essay by Kurt on the problem of hierarchical ("vertical") thinking in animal classification, but also in life generally. Totally optional. If you read it and have an opinion—positive or negative—I would appreciate hearing from you.

CT Mammal Guides Make sure to bring yours into class on Thursday.



LINKS

2013 Mammalogy Class Facebook Page

UConn Today article about teaching outside the classroom

MONOTREMES

Platypus evolution
Platypus feeding, locomotion, venomous spurs, reproduction, etc.

PILOSA

Giant anteater, Myrmecophaga – my personal favorite mammal in the world. I was once attacked by one at the Bronx Zoo…
Giant anteater with baby on back
Baby giant anteater – cutest, weirdest animal on the planet

CINGULATA

Armadillo foraging, using olfaction

TUBULIDENTATA

Aardvark foraging - note use of nose and olfaction to find prey

FEEDING

Giraffe feeding - tongue is used to strip leaves off of spiny Acacia trees in Africa
Lesser anteater (Tamandua) feeding on ants in trees
Pangolin feeding
Aardvark feeding - amazing tongue footage!

LOCOMOTION

Platypus locomotion - note laterally sprawled posture
Armadillo gathering grass
Armadillo locomotion
Lion skeleton animation showing mobile pectoral girdle and spinal flexion
Cheetah animated model showing extreme spinal flexion and increase in stride length
Baboon locomotion
Horse locomotion made from sequential still photos - note 4 feet off ground during gallop and relatively stiff spine
Kangaroo bipedal hopping - with each hop tendons stretch, then release elastic energy for rebound

PREDATION

Cheetah vs. gazelle
Harpy eagle vs. sloth
Golden eagle vs. mountain goat
Crowned eagle vs. water chevrotain
Golden Eagle vs. cougar
Jaguar vs. anaconda
Hunter vs. deer
Water buffalo vs. lion vs. croc
Jaguar vs. large caiman!

MAMMALOGY CARTOONS


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