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
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 Ryerson (doctoral student in Kurt's lab)
Office/Lab: BioPharm 410
ASSISTANT TEACHING ASSISTANT—LAURA CISNEROS
Laura Cisneros (doctoral student in Mike Willig's lab and an actual mammalogist!)
Office/Lab: CESE 187 (Horsebarn Hill)
- 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 The sections on early mammals, morphology and evolution are poor, out-of-date and generally useless: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.
Eutherian Phylogeny and Orders
LINK—POWERPOINT PICTURES SHOWING EVOLUTION OF THE MAMMALIAN JAW JOINT AND MIDDLE EAR + A COUPLE OTHER THINGS
Directions for downloading/uploading camera-trap photos
LECTURE EXAM 1 SAMPLE QUESTIONS
LECTURE EXAM 1 ANSWERS TO SAMPLE QUESTIONS
Who we are—student pictures!
UConn Fall 2013 Academic Calendar
SYLLABUS WITH LECTURE SCHEDULE (keep watching this spot for lab schedule!)
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.
2013 Class Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/439160636196535/
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
Armadillo foraging, using olfaction
Giraffe feeding - tongue is used to strip leaves off of spiny Acacia trees in Africa
Lesser anteater (Tamandua) feeding on ants in trees
Aardvark feeding - amazing tongue footage!
Brazilian jaguar stalks, attacks and kills a large caiman!
Platypus locomotion - note laterally sprawled posture
Armadillo gathering grass
Lion skeleton animation showing mobile pectoral girdle and spinal flexion
Cheetah animated model showing extreme spinal flexion and increase in stride length
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