Special Topics: Herpetology - ZO 459 A/759 A

Emporia State University

 Spring 2017 Syllabus


Snake on a pole

 

 

Online Syllabus: http://academic.emporia.edu/sievertg/herpsyl2017.htm

 

  

Lecture Textbook:


F. Harvey Pough. 2016. Herpetology, 4th Edition. Sinauer Associates, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-60535-233-6

  

 

Lab Books:



Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Eastern North America, 4th Edition, 2016, by Robert Powell, Roger Conant and Joe Collins, ISBN 978-0-544-12997-9 - Required

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Plus an appropriate local/state field guide, e.g., Sievert and Sievert’s Field Guide to Oklahoma’s Amphibians and Reptiles, ISBN: 978-0-615-42788-1 (see Greg to purchase a copy)

  

 

Useful Online Resources: 

  

 

Anurans of Lyon County: http://academic.emporia.edu/sievertg/tadpoles/Tadpoles.htm

  

Kansas Frog and Toad Calling Activity Periods: http://webcat.fhsu.edu/ksfauna/kamp/default.asp?page=call_period

 

Kansas Herpetofaunal Atlas: http://webapps.fhsu.edu/ksherp/default.aspx

  

Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico. Edition 8: http://www.cnah.org/pdf/88638.pdf

  

Scientific and Standard English Names of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America North of Mexico. Edition 7: http://ssarherps.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/HC_39_7thEd.pdf

  

Center for North American Herpetology: http://www.cnah.org/

   

Kansas Herpetological Society: http://www.cnah.org/khs/

       

    The 3 US based International Herpetological Societies:


Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles: https://ssarherps.org/

   

The Herpetologists' League: http://www.hljournals.org/?code=herl-site

   

American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists: http://www.asihcopeiaonline.org/?code=asih-site

   



 

Instructors:       Alexis Powell                      Greg Sievert 

Office – SH 168                    Office – SH 42 

620-341-5609                      620-341-5908

Aapowell@emporia.edu         Gsievert@emporia.edu          

  

 

Greg Sievert’s webpages: http://academic.emporia.edu/sievertg/ and http://academic.emporia.edu/sievertg/lnkherp.htm


Alexis Powell’s webpage: http://www.emporia.edu/biosci/people/alexis-powell.html  

  

 

 Office Hours:    Alexis Powell: MWF 11:00 - 11:50 and Tuesday 10:00 - 10:50 and Wednesday 3:00 - 3:50 or by appointment

                               

                              Greg Sievert: Mon 3-5, Wed 2-3 http://academic.emporia.edu/sievertg/offhrs.htm

  

  

Course Content, Goals, and Mechanics:


         ZO 459 is intended for junior or senior level Biology majors and ZO 859 for graduate students. The first part of the class will include traditional lectures related to various aspects of the biology of reptiles and amphibians (e.g. phylogeny, evolution, classification, distribution, behavior, ecology, natural history, anatomy, physiology, conservation, etc.). The rest of the afternoon will be held in a laboratory or on field trips. Students will normally be working with preserved specimens or participating in field trips during class. However, some of the field trips will occur in the evening (after lab has officially ended; specific times/dates/details TBA). The lecture periods will discuss amphibians and reptiles starting at a global perspective then focus down to a North American or regional perspective. The laboratory period will emphasize the resident species of Kansas (and surrounding states). Students will need to wear appropriate clothing for field trips (clothing that can get muddy, wet, slimy, and/or potentially smelly). The expectations regarding the collection and the museum work will be described in detail during lab class.

 

Learning Outcomes In this course, students will:


· Gain knowledge of the evolutionary origins and diversity of amphibians and reptiles, including:

 

- how amphibians and reptiles are related to other vertebrate groups.

- names of all extant orders of amphibians and reptiles, and key families from the world.

- names of species from Kansas and Oklahoma, and their identification from preserved specimens.

 

· Appreciate the variation in life histories among different amphibians and reptiles, and understand the anatomical, physiological, and behavioral bases of their diverse ecologies and conservation needs.

 

· Learn how to find, capture, and identify amphibians and reptiles in the field.

 

 

 

Course Grades:


Points Summary (ZO 459):

  

Collection (20 species; details TBA)        40 pts 

Lab Practical#1                                    50 pts

Lab Practical #2                                   50 pts

Lab Practical#3                                    50 pts

Lab Practical #4                                   50 pts

Lecture Exam #1                                 100 pts

Lecture Exam #2                                 100 pts

Final Lab Practical                                

Final Lecture Exam                               100 pts

Total Possible                                      540 pts

 

Points Summary (ZO 759):


Collection (25 species; details TBA)        50 pts

Museum Work (details TBA)                  25 pts

Lab Practical#1                                    50 pts

Lab Practical #2                                   50 pts

Lab Practical#3                                    50 pts

Lab Practical #4                                   50 pts

Lecture Exam #1                                 100 pts

Lecture Exam #2                                 100 pts

Final Lab Practical                                

Final Lecture Exam                               100 pts

Total Possible                                      575 pts


 

The grading scale for this course is as follows: (Note: this class will not use the +/- grading system)

  

90.0 –  100% = A 

80.0 – 89.9% = B 

70.0 – 79.9% = C 

60.0 – 69.9% = D

        < 60.0% = F

  

 

Note: Students need to be aware that if they miss a practical, quiz, exam, or a deadline for any assignment due to absence or tardiness that there will not be any make-up practicals or make-up exams of any type. Any materials turned in late will receive zero points. Also, all lab practicals and exams will begin (promptly) at the beginning of the designated class/lab period. Students that arrive late will not be provided with additional time to complete these exams.

 

Attendance:


You are expected to attend class regularly. Attendance will be monitored but we will not apply a direct penalty for missing class. The instructors reserve the right to drop students from the course in cases of excessive absences (we define excessive absences as missing more than 2 class periods). There is usually a strong positive correlation between attending class and doing well in this course. If you miss a class, you are responsible for obtaining any information, notes, and/or other materials before you attend the next class. Disruptive behavior in class will not be tolerated and students may be withdrawn from the class by the instructor.

  

  

Academic Dishonesty:

Academic dishonesty, a basis for disciplinary action, includes but is not limited to activities such as cheating and plagiarism (presenting as one's own the intellectual or creative accomplishments of another without giving credit to the source or sources). Students involved in any form of academic dishonesty may receive a failing grade for this course. The Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will be advised of the infraction and any action taken by me regarding academic dishonesty. Departments, schools, and colleges may have provisions for more severe penalties than are set forth above. Emporia State University may impose penalties for academic dishonesty up to and including expulsion from the university. The student has the right to appeal the charge of academic dishonesty in accordance with the university's Academic Appeals policy and procedure as set forth in section 9A-04 of the Faculty Handbook.


Please Note: If you are caught giving another student a live specimen, you will lose credit for 5 specimens.   If you are caught identifying another student's live specimen you will also lose credit for 5 specimens! These are both types of cheating!



Problems and Withdrawal:


Office hours for consultation with the instructor are listed in this syllabus. Should you wish to withdraw from the course, you may do so through Wednesday, April 5th. Evaluate your situation carefully before this date and consult with me and your advisor ASAP. No “W” grades will be given after this date.

 

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Emporia State University will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. Students need to contact the Director of Disability Services and the professor as early in the semester as possible to ensure that classroom and academic accommodations are implemented in a timely fashion. All communication between students, the Office of Disability Services, and the professor will be strictly confidential. Please bring your accommodation letter to my office - ASAP. Please do not give me your letter in the classroom or E-mail it to me!

  

 

Cell Phones & Electronic Devices:

  

Cell phones must NOT be used for communication of any kind (like texting) during lecture and lab class. Also, all cell phones and other electronic devices must be turned off during all exams. Smart devices are encouraged to be used during lab class to help identify or photograph the specimens.





                              Tentative Herpetology Lecture Syllabus (details)

 


 Date

          Lecture Topic

Textbook chapter reading [and important reference material]

Jan 20

Intro. to Herpetology

Tetrapods and Systematics

1 Why herpetology? Intro. to amphibians and reptiles.

2 Tetrapod origins; Systematics

Jan 27

Body Structure

1:4–15, 3:41–44, 4:107–114, and lecture slides

Feb 3

Body Structure

(same as last week)

Feb 10

(review/finish Tetrapods)

Amphibian Diversity

3:41–44 Distinctive features of amphibians

3:44–46 Salamanders [46–55]

3:55–60 Frogs, toads and other anurans [60–95]

3:95–100 Caecilians [100–105]

Feb 17

Amphibian Diversity

Time to catch up!

Feb 24

Exam 1

-

Mar 3

Reptile Diversity

4:107–114 Distinctive features of reptiles

4:114–115 Tuatara

4:115–122, 151–155 Lizards and snakes [122–151, 155–180]

4:180–182 Crocodylians [182–184]

4:184–188 Turtles [188–199]

Mar 10

Reproduction

8 Amphibian reproduction [14 Mating systems & sexual selection]

Mar 17

Reproduction

9 Reptile reproduction [14 Mating systems & sexual selection]

Mar 18-24

Spring Break Trip

-

Mar 31

Exam 2

-

Apr 7

Physiological Ecology

6 Water balance and thermoregulation

Apr 14

Physiological Ecology

7 Gas exchange, blood flow, and metabolism

Apr 21

Behavior

15: 501–506 Diets

11 Feeding mechanisms

15: 520–530 Defense mechanisms

Apr 28

Behavior

12:418–423 Homing ability

14 Communication

May 5

Ecology

17 Conservation


         Tip: Read the summary at the end of each assigned chapter!

 

 

Final Lecture Exam: 1:00 - Thursday, May 11

 

 

 Note: This is a tentative schedule and may be changed at any time by the instructor. All changes will be announced during class should changes become necessary. If you are absent on a day when changes are announced, you are still responsible for being aware of any changes to the schedule.

 

 

 

 

                Herpetology Lab Schedule

 

  

 Date

                Lab Topic

Jan 20

Herp Basics and Salamanders

Jan 27

Salamanders

Feb 3

Salamander practical/ Anurans

Feb 10

Lyon Co. Anuran Calls

Feb 17

Anuran practical/ Turtles

Feb 24

Turtles/ Lizards

Mar 3

Lizards

Mar 10

Turtle/Lizard practical/ Snakes

Mar 17

Snakes

Mar 18-24

Field trip to OK and AR

Mar 31

Snakes

Apr 7

Snake practical – Field Trip?

Apr 14

Field Trip

Apr 21

Field Trip

Apr 28

Field Trip

May 5

Final practical

  

 

Note: Students need to be aware that weather conditions may necessitate changes to the field trip schedule.




Spotted Salamander "liebesspiele"

 

 

 

Spring Break: Oklahoma/Arkansas field trip to:


Ozark Mountains - Cookson Hills WMA

Ouachita Mountains - Ouachita Mountains Biological Station


Gulf Coastal Plain - OSU Kiamichi Forestry Research Station and Red Slough (flora and fauna pictures)

 

Apr. 21-23: KHS field trip to Beaumont, Kansas 

 

KHS Field Trip on Facebook  

 

 

 


Snake on a pole




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