TP: Vertebrate Ecology
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4cr Vertebrates include some of our most familiar animals as well as some of the most extreme examples of evolutionary change and adaptation. This course will utilize museum collections, zoos, and local natural areas for students to learn to identify local vertebrate animals, and practice techniques of field ecology and functional morphological research. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and projects the course will examine patterns of global vertebrate biodiversity, the broad scale evolutionary processes responsible for that biodiversity, and evaluate current threats to its sustained health. The course includes a weekly 3-hour lab.