Biology 108-N
Field Biology-Fall 2004

Introduction to Field Mammalogy

 

 

 African lion 

Instructor:   Dr. Jerry Skinner; Capwell Hall 208; phone: 945-8404;   jerry.skinner@keystone.edu

Text: Merritt, Joseph F.  1987.  Guide to the Mammals of Pennsylvania.  University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh.  408 pp.

Class Meetings:  first half of the semester; Tuesday 2-4 pm in Capwell 202; occasional trips may take place at other arranged times.

Court Objectives:  When this course is complete, you will

1. be generally familiar with the mammals of Pennsylvania and specifically with our area.

2. be able to identify mammal skulls.

3. gain familiarity with simple taxonomic keys.

4. understand the distribution of Pennsylvania mammals in relation to glaciation, climate, physiographic features, bedrock, soil, etc.

5. appreciate the status of Pennsylvania's endangered mammals and their habitats.

6. prepare a mammal skin and skull.

7. collect data in an acceptable format.

 

Tentative Course Schedule

Date

Topic  Assignment for next week
August 24 Mammalian Characteristics; Overview of mammalian diversity. Pp. 3-25; County Faunal List
  31 Quiz on Introductory Materials; Marsupials and Insectivores Pp. 29-78.
September 7 Chiroptera and Lagomorpha Pp. 79-133.
  14 Rodentia Pp. 134-236.
  21 Carnivora Pp. 241-305
  28 Arteriodactyla, species of uncertain occurrence, extirpated species; Marine mammals Pp. 311-338
October 5    

 

Other potential topics which may be covered:

Elk watching

Bat netting

Wildlife rehabilitation center

Research museum-Cornell, SUNY/Academy of Science

Behind the scenes at a zoo

Conway/Wasserman/Case

Make a skull key for PA

Skull/skin ID

Tracking

Endangered species

Sexing/aging

 

FIELD TRIPS:   Come prepared to be outside for the entire class, rain or shine. 

Evaluation:
Quizzes (3 @ 10 pts) 30
Final examination 50
Instructor's subjective evaluation 25
Life histories of two species (at least one endangered) @15 pts 30
Museum mount specimen & skull; properly identified and documented. 50
Mammalian faunal list of Lackawanna, Wyoming, Susquehanna or ? County    10
TOTAL 195

 

Grading Policy

93+

A

90 - 92.9

A-

87 - 89.9

B+

83 - 86.9

B

80 - 82.9

B-

77 - 79.9

C+

73 - 76.9

C

70 - 72.9

C-

67 - 69.9

D+

60 - 66.9

D

less than 60

F

 African elephants (Elephantidae).  

Other Recommended Resources:

Mammals:  Tree of Life

 

Links:

Careers Working with Marine Mammals

Current Job Openings

American Society of Mammalogists