Subject: Northeast Reptile and Amphibian Field Ecology
Description: This course is an introduction to the reptiles and amphibians of the Northeast United States and the techniques that are used to conserve and study them in the field. Through numerous field activities, participants will acquire vital research skills and hands-on experience with the salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, and snakes that call the Northeast home. A small number of classroom lectures and active learning discussions will also contribute to the learning experience.
The course will include:
Discussions of reptile and amphibian natural history: their basic biology, life histories, and habitats
Discussions on the conservation and management of reptiles and amphibians
Discussions concerning research design
Reptile and amphibian identification and taxonomy
Identification of calling amphibians by ear
Habitat, plant, and non-herp animal identification
Reptile and amphibian sampling, trapping, and marking/tagging techniques
Reptile and amphibian tissue sampling for DNA analysis
Collection of occupancy, relative abundance, mark-recapture, physical, environmental, and geographic data
Field note recordation and organization
A primer in nature photography
Day and night surveys for reptiles and amphibians
Hikes through several diverse northeastern habitats
Off-site field trips to natural areas that are different from those around the NJSOC
Participation in ongoing herpetological studies at the NJSOC and elsewhere
Dates: June 12-23, 2017 (weekend attendance is optional)
Location: New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) in Stokes State Forest, Sussex County, New Jersey
Qualifications: No experience is necessary but participants should be capable of college-level work and have strong interests in field biology, ecology, natural history, etc. Participants should also be in relatively good health and capable of hiking several miles in a range of conditions over moderate-difficult terrain.
Credit: One to three (1-3) transferable, undergraduate credits are obtainable through Montclair State University for an additional fee. Non-credit options and course completion certificates are also available upon request.
Registration: Class space is limited and participants will be admitted on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a seat, each participant must pay a non-refundable $250 deposit by May 1st 2017. Participants who pay in full by May 1st will receive a 10% discount on their registration. Late registrations will be welcome after May 1st if space is still available (please inquire). Full registration must be paid by June 1st 2017. Refunds will not be issued after June 1st.
Cost: The workshop will be divided into two one-week sessions, with each week-long session involving different schedules, activities, and learning experiences. Participants will have the option of taking the course for either one week (5 days) or two weeks (10 days). Cost is $750.00 per person for one week and $1000.00 per person for two weeks (discounts available for early registrants; see registration below). These fees include instruction, meals, and lodging at the NJSOC.
Thomas J Duchak <Thomas.J.Duchak@hofstra.edu>
Monday, February 13, 2017