This intensive class provides an introduction to herpetology and equips participants with amphibian and reptile identification skills and general knowledge of frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes — their life histories, habitat requirements and biodiversity. Course content includes classification and identification of amphibians and reptiles, 'herping' equipment, frog calls, attracting amphibians/reptiles and backyard wildlife habitat, anatomy and physiology, ecology, behavior, breeding migration, and conservation. This course is a deep dive into the world of amphibians and reptiles, intended to create a foundation of herpetological knowledge upon which students can build.
The course fee includes lectures, handouts, exam, and certificate. For the in-person courses at the Amphibian Foundation, the fee also includes 2 field trips, a copy of Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia (Jensen, et al), and a graduation luncheon. Throughout the year, Master Herpetologists may be offered early bird or discounted registration for workshops and other reptile and amphibian events, including opportunities for field work in research studies.The class is intended for adults, but there is no age limit. Please contact us before registering someone under the age of 18
Online CourseThe 100% online class is asynchronous — meaning there is no required time to meet, is designed for students to go at their own pace with the material, and from any time zone. The scope of the course is much broader than the in-person class as well, in order to highlight the global biodiversity of the animals, the students, and the instructors. We will meet optionally on the Wednesdays listed below from 6 - 8 pm (EST = UTC -5:00) as 'office hours' — if anyone has questions or would like to communicate directly with the instructor (not required). The course will work through any web browser on PC, Mac, iPhone, and Android.
Summer 2020 The schedule below is a guide for the class, as well as the days of the optional office hours. A given chapter (eg. Frogs) will be made available on the date listed below and will remain available for the duration of the course. Students have 2 weeks to absorb the material, before the next topic is introduced, but can go at their own pace and refer back to earlier topics throughout the course.The Final Exam will be made available after the (optional) Office Hours on Sept 2nd, which will serve as a review session for the final. May 27: Introduction
Jun 10: Salamanders
Jun 24: Caecilians
Jul 8: Frogs
Jul 22: Turtles
Aug 5: Lizards
Aug 19: Snakes
Sep 2: Final Exam
The Master Herpetologist Program Online is $300 for the 8 session program. It includes lectures, a certificate, and final exam.
Registration for Summer 2020 Online Course is Now Closed. We hope to open registration for the next semester by early June, and the course will probably start in late-September
Course Instructors —
Amanda Duffus, Gordon State College
Andy Coleman, Urban Turtle Project & Talladega College
Anthony Herrell, Bâtiment d'Anatomie Comparée- National Museum of Natural History
Arik Hartmann, University of Florida
Brooke Talley, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Carla Bardua, Natural History Museum, London
Chris Jenkins, The Orianne Society
David Bickford, University of La Verne
David Blackburn, Florida Museum of Natural History
Duncan Irschick, University of Massachusetts
Ed Stanley, Florida Museum of Natural History
Grover Brown, University of Southern Mississippi
Henry Astley, University of Akron
Houston Chandler, Virginia Tech & The Orianne Society
Jen Lamb, St Cloud State University
Jodi Rowley, University of New South Wales
John Measey, Stellenbosch University
Jonathan Losos, Washington University at St Louis
Mark Mandica, Amphibian Foundation & Agnes Scott College
Mark Scherz, University of Konstanz
Max Lambert, UC Berkeley
Robert Sprackland, Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History
Ryan Kerney, Gettysburg College
Sarah McGrath-Blaser, University of Florida
Simon Maddock, University of Wolverhampton; Natural History Museum, London & University of Seychelles
Steve Allain, Save the Snakes
Taylor West, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. University of Michigan
Tobias Landberg, Amphibian Foundation
Tony Daly-Crews, The Rattlesnake Conservancy
Walter E. Meshaka, Jr., State Museum of Pennsylvania
Class meets Wednesdays from 10 am - 3 pm (with an hour break for lunch) at the Amphibian Foundation.
Fall 2020 Aug 26: Introduction
Sep 9: Salamanders
Sep 23: Frogs
Oct 7: Amphibian Field Trip
Oct 21: Turtles
Nov 4: Snakes
Nov 18: Reptile Field Trip
Dec 2: Final Exam & Graduate Luncheon
Course instructors: Mark Mandica of the Amphibian Foundation and Agnes Scott College; Daniel Sollenberger of Georgia DNR; Chris Jenkins of the Orianne Society; and Grover Brown of University of Southern Mississippi
The Master Herpetologist Program is offered at a price of $400 for the 8 session program. It includes lectures, guided field trips, Reptiles and Amphibians of Georgia (Jensen, et al.), a certificate, and graduate luncheon.
Registration for Fall 2020 is Open!
Class meets Saturdays from 10 am - 3 pm (with an hour break for lunch) at the Amphibian Foundation.
Spring 2020 Jan 11: Introduction
Jan 25: Salamanders
Feb 8: Frogs
Break for Southeast Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation conference
Feb 22: Amphibian Field Trip
Break for Atlanta Science Festival
Mar 28: Turtles
Apr 11: Reptile Field Trip
Apr 25: Snakes
May 9: Final Exam & Graduate Luncheon Course instructors: Mark Mandica of the Amphibian Foundation and Agnes Scott College; Daniel Sollenberger of Georgia DNR; Chris Jenkins of the Orianne Society; and Grover Brown of University of Southern Mississippi
The Master Herpetologist Program is $400 for the 8 session program. It includes lectures, guided field trips, Reptiles and Amphibians of Georgia (Jensen, et al.), a certificate, and graduate luncheon.
Spring 2021 Registration will open in September 2020!
The Amphibian Foundation is located at the beautiful, 30 acre, Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Buckhead (Atlanta, GA). The main building on the grounds holds 3 of the Foundation's research labs, office space and classrooms, as well as Atlanta Audubon Society, and the Blue Heron Nature Preserve's administration offices and classrooms. It is a hub for urban ecology and conservation right in Atlanta. The course will be held in the Amphibious AF Meeting Room, which is unfortunately, not wheelchair accessible.