Online Course This intensive class provides an introduction to herpetology and equips participants with Southeastern amphibian and reptile identification skills and general knowledge of frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards, crocodilians, 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 amphibians and reptiles of one of the most interesting and species-rich areas of the world — the Southeastern United States. The class goal is to create a foundation of herpetological knowledge upon which students can build. The course fee includes lectures, handouts, exam, and certificate. The class is intended for adults. Please contact us before registering someone under the age of 18. For younger learners, please see our Junior Master Herpetologist Program (ages 12-17)
The 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 broad in order to highlight the biodiversity of the animals, the students, and the instructors. We will meet optionally every other Thursday from 6 - 7 pm (EST = UTC -5:00) as 'office hours' on the first day of a new section — 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, and also on the Moodle app on phones/tablets: iPhone, and Android.
Course Schedule The schedule below is a guide for the class. A given section (eg. Frogs) will be made available on the first day of that section and will remain available for the duration of the course. Students have 2 weeks to absorb the material, before the next topic (section) 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 at the beginning of the last section, which will serve as a review session for the final. The class lasts about 16 weeks, and requires an average of 2-3 hours a week to complete. Summer/Fall 2022
Section 1 (Aug 4): Introduction + State and Federal Stakeholders
Section 2 (Aug 18): Salamanders
Section 3 (Sept 1): Frogs
Section 4 (Sept 15): Turtles
Section 5 (Sept 29): Lizards
Section 6 (Oct 13): Snakes
Section 7 (Oct 27): Crocodilians + Others
Section 8 (Nov 10): Final Exam
The Southeastern Master Herpetologist Program Online is $300 for the 8 session program. It includes ~50 lectures, all handouts, a certificate, and final exam.
Registration is open for the Summer/Fall 2022 semester!
Course InstructorsAffiliation and Twitter Handle
Bradley O'Hanlon, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Brooke Talley, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission | @Br00keT
Casey Perkins, Amphibian Foundation
Chris Jenkins, The Orianne Society | @OrianneSociety
Connor Pogue, Amphibian Foundation
Ericha Nix, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Grover Brown, University of Southern Mississippi | @GroverJBrown
Harold Mitchell, US Fish & Wildlife Service | @alphamale1339
Houston Chandler, Virginia Tech & The Orianne Society | @TheSnakeDude
Joe Jenkins, Alabama Natural Heritage Program
Mark Mandica, Amphibian Foundation & Agnes Scott College | @markmandica
Pierson Hill, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Susan Walls, USGS
Todd Pierson, Kennesaw State University | @twpierson
Tristan Clark, Amphibian Foundation | @AmphibianNerd
Are you interested in being an instructor in the course or suggesting a topic?
If you are a herpetologist, agency professional, academic, graduate student or researcher working in the Southeastern US, and would like to be an instructor in the course, we would love to hear from you! Please use the link below to submit a topic proposal, and we will get back to you promptly.