ESF 512: Vertebrate Ecology-Mammalogy

Synonym:

74039 (for web registration)

Section:

A

Faculty:

George Leoniak

Credits:

3

Seats:

16

Semester:

Spring 2011

Meeting Schedule:

Thursdays 1/27 - 1/1 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Thu 4/21 (1:00PM-3:59PM)
Sat 2/12 (8:30AM-3:29PM)
Sat 4/16 (8:30AM-3:29PM)

Description:

(formerly Field Mammalogy)
Competency Areas Spring 2010 and earlier: Natural Communities
Competency Areas Fall 2010: Methods or elective
Restricted to ES students; others by written permission of ES MS Program Director sent to Registrar's office via Antioch email.

Winter in New England, with its snow, provides the best opportunity for keeping track of local mammals and for field study of their habits and habitats. One goal of this course is to familiarize students with the mammals of New England, especially those whose signs are likely to be encountered. This class will also provide a basic introduction to the biology of mammals, especially focusing on evolutionary history, adaptations for survival, anatomy, and physiology. We will also discuss research techniques used to study mammals, as well as consider the role mammals play in current conservation initiatives. Discussions and demonstrations of how mammal studies can be incorporated into educational programs will also be provided.