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Master Class in Amphibian Biology

Instructor: Mark Mandica, Executive Director, The Amphibian Foundation

March 16 through May 11, 2019 (No class on March 23, 2019)
(8 weeks)
2:30-5:30 p.m. each week

Max class size: 35

Bullock Science Center, Classroom 112W

Fee: $100

Master Class in Amphibian Biology
Course number: 201901100

Course Description

Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, efts, olms and caecilians) are an incredibly diverse and interesting group. This course explores the taxonomy of the major types of amphibians; defining each group and the characters that unite them before examining their biodiversity and adaptations. This course is a deep dive into the biology, morphology, physiology, biogeography, and evolution of amphibians. Topics such as reproduction, metamorphosis, functional morphology, freeze tolerance and phenotypic plasticity will be covered in splendid detail, while examining questions like ‘Is that frog or a toad?’, ‘a salamander or a newt?’ and ‘What do amphibians do in the winter?’

Special emphasis will be placed on the amphibians native to the metro Atlanta region.

The course is intended for adults and assumes a basic understanding of Biology and Comparative Anatomy, but are not requirements. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia (Jensen, et al) is suggested reading.  Download all required course materials here.

The class takes place over 8 Saturday afternoons; each Saturday class is 3 hours long (2:30-5:30PM); basically 3 regular classes in succession each Saturday. See the course syllabus (PDF).