Tentative Lecture Schedule for Herpetology, Spring 2014. Lecture notes are pdf files and I have 3 slides/page to conserve paper.

Week Date Lecture Topic Chapter/Readings
1 21-Jan introduction 1
    Intro to Lab Field Guide, p. 1-24
  23-Jan tetrapod evolution 1, 3
2 28-Jan tetrapod evolution part 2 3 (articles)
    in lab - Urodela (Caudata)  
  30-Jan tetrapod evolution cont.... Amphibian characteristics 3
3 4-Feb amphibia video 15-17
    Field Trip, Presidio  
  6-Feb reptile characteristics 18-21
4 11-Feb Exam 1  
    in lab - Anura  
  13-Feb development & integumentary system 2
5 18-Feb sexual selection, mating systems 9, pp.255-267
    Field Trip, Novato  
  20-Feb reproduction ecology, life histories 4,5
6 25-Feb life histories cont,  5,
    No lab (Field Trip on Saturday, March 1)  
  27-Feb communication ; water balance and thermoregulation 9 pp. 239-255, 6
7 4-Mar thermoregulation continued 7
    Amphibian Practical   
  6-Mar Midterm Exam    
8 11-Mar SPRING BREAK  
    No Lab  
  13-Mar SPRING BREAK  
9 18-Mar movement & orientation 8
    in lab - Lizards Anole paper
  20-Mar population ecology pp. 45-47; pp. 136-144
       
     

 

10 25-Mar foraging ecology 10
    in lab - Chelonia, video  
  27-Mar foraging ecology cont.; defense & escape 11
11 1-Apr defense & escape cont.; review,  
    no lab - work on proposals  
  3-Apr Exam 3  
12 8-Apr community ecology - biogeography pp. 359-362,Ch. 13
    Field trip - GG Park  
  10-Apr Herp Conservation Issues

14pbs nature video

13 15Apr conservation continued 16
    Proposal Topics DUE; California Academy of Science  
  17-Apr Snakes 19
14 22-Apr Lepidosaurs (Tuatara & Lizards) 21
    in lab - Snakes  
  24-Apr Crocodiles 20
15 29-Apr Turtles, - proposal drafts DUE 18
    Reptile Practical - Proposal review session  
  1-May Salamanders 16
16 6-May Caecilians & Frogs 15,17
    field trip; Proposals Due by 5pm (pdf emailed to jadever@usfca.edu)  
  8-May Frogs, Review 17
  -May 15 exam 4 (final) 12:30-2:30