Each student will gain a deeper understanding of some details of the origin of tetrapods, and the origin of the amniotes.
Each student will gain a deeper understanding of the phylogenetic position of extinct and extant clades of amphibians & reptiles within the clade Vertebrate.
Evolution and Natural History
Each student will acquire a detailed knowledge of the evolution and natural history (natural history, behavior, etc.) of the major clades of extant amphibians and reptiles .
Lab and Field Experiences
Through lab and field experiences, each student will acquire a detailed knowledge of diagnostic characters, taxonomy & distributions, and some aspects of ecology of native western species.
Species Conservation Status
Each student will acquire some knowledge of the conservation status of selected species in the US and abroad.