Mammalogy

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MAMMALOGY

FALL 2015

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Kurt with class in the field looking for camera trap sites.


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Camera trap site on Horsebarn Hill.
One of the camera trap field groups.
Camera trap picture (infrared)—a beautiful stag.
Camera trap—night-active beaver (infrared).
Camera trap captures a running deer!
Two mammalogy students set-up a camera trap in the field.
Indefatigable students cross the Fenton River in search of a camera site.
Camera trap captures a fisher late at night! (infrared)



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: Torrey Life Sciences, 360
Lab: Torrey Life Sciences, 365
Voice: (860) 486-0351
Lab phone: (860) 486-4158
Fax: (860) 486-6364
Email: kurt.schwenk@uconn.edu
Dr. Schwenk's web page


















TEACHING ASSISTANT—MAURI LIBERTI


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Mauri Liberati
PhD Student
Wildlife & Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
marjorie.liberati@uconn.edu









ANNOUNCEMENTS












COURSE DOWNLOADS


Pdficon small.gif Eutherian Phylogeny and Orders

Pdficon small.gif Literary essay by Kurt on the problem of hierarchical ("vertical") thinking in animal classification, but also in life generally.





LINKS



CLASS FACEBOOK PAGE—CAMERA TRAP PHOTOS AND MORE

UConn Vertebrate Biology Facebook Page

UCONN TODAY ARTICLE THAT MENTIONS MAMMALOGY

UConn Today article about teaching outside the classroom

MAMMAL VOCALIZATIONS"'

Old World mammal sounds!

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
Two-toed sloths, courtship, near mating

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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