The Biology of Amphibians
The Biology of Amphibians is taught at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, GA by Executive Director Mark Mandica.
Next Offering: Fall 2018
The Biology of Amphibians is part 1 of 2 independent courses taught at Agnes Scott College by Amphibian Foundation Executive Director Mark Mandica.
Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, efts and caecilians) are an incredibly diverse and interesting clade. 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 will be 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. Special emphasis will be placed on the amphibians native to the metro Atlanta region.
The course 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, and all required course materials will be available for download here.
See the course syllabus (PDF) for more information.
Location: Agnes Scott College, Bullock Science Center
Instructor: Mark Mandica, Executive Director
Time: Saturdays, September 15 through November 3, 2018 (8 weeks); 2:30-5:30 p.m. each week
This class is wheelchair accessible