Tentative Lecture Schedule for Herpetology, Spring 2013. Lecture notes are pdf files and I have 3 slides/page to conserve paper.

Week Date Lecture Topic Chapter/Readings
1 22-Jan introduction 1
    Intro to Lab Field Guide, p. 1-24
  24-Jan tetrapod evolution 1, 3
2 29-Jan tetrapod evolution continued 3 (articles)
    in lab - Urodela (bring dissecting kits)  
  31-Jan tetrapod evolution cont.... 3
3 5-Feb amphibian characteristics, video 15-17
    Field Trip, Presidio  
  7-Feb reptile characteristics 18-21
4 12-Feb Exam 1  
    in lab - Anura  
  14-Feb development & integumentary system 2
5 19-Feb sexual selection, mating systems 9, pp.255-267
     
  21-Feb reproduction ecology, life histories 4,5
6 26-Feb life histories cont,  5,
    Field Trip, Novato  
  28-Feb communication ; water balance and thermoregulation 9 pp. 239-255, 6
7 5-Mar thermoregulation continued 7
    Amphibian Practical   
  7-Mar Midterm Exam    
8 12-Mar SPRING BREAK  
    No Lab  
  14-Mar SPRING BREAK  
9 19-Mar movement & orientation 8
    in lab - Lizards Anole paper
  21-Mar population ecology pp. 45-47; pp. 136-144
      10
  23-Mar SATURDAY Field Trip,8:00 departure!Bouverie Preserve

 

10 26-Mar Pop ecol cont.; foraging ecology  
    in lab - Chelonia, video  
  28-Mar foraging ecology cont.; defense & escape 11,
       
11 2-Apr defense & escape cont.; review,  
  4-Apr Exam 3  
12 9-Apr community ecology - biogeography pp. 327-334,340-344; 351--371
    Field trip -  
  11-Apr conservation

14pbs nature video

13 16-Apr   16
    Proposal Topics DUE  
  18-Apr Crocodylians - video 19
14 23-Apr Snakes 21
    in lab - Snakes  
  25-Apr Lizards 20
15 30-Apr Turtles, - drafts DUE 18
    Reptile Practical - Proposal review session  
  2-May Salamanders 16
16 7-May Frogs California Academy of Science
    field trip; Proposals Due by 5pm (emailed to jadever@usfca.edu)  
  9-May Frogs, Review  
  16-May exam 4 (final) 12:30