R. H. Wiley: Teaching
VERTEBRATE FIELD ZOOLOGY
FALL SEMESTERS, 9:00 MWF, 128 WILSON HALL
This course uses recent field studies of vertebrates to develop an
understanding of current issues in evolution, ecology, behavior,
physiology, and conservation. We also take the opportunity to learn
about some of the diversity of living vertebrates.
The first section of this course examines vertebrate species and the
process of speciation (examples: Southern Appalachian salamanders,
Galapagos birds ...).
The second section shifts to the study of reproduction and survival as the
basis for understanding ecological competition, population regulation, and
natural selection (examples: tundra swans, red deer, guppies ...).
The third section considers the evolution of relationships between
predators and prey, males and females, and cooperating individuals
(examples: gray wolves, coral reef fish, tropical wrens ...).
Finally we consider how all of these topics help us to understand the
relationships of humans and other vertebrates ... past and future.
The topics covered in lectures do not correspond to those in any available
text. Instead of requiring a textbook, I provide lecture summaries
for students' use on the BIOL 72 web site. There are also lots of
recommendations for outside reading.
There are two lecture exams and a one-hour final each semester.
Each exam consists of an essay about material from the lectures. A
short list of possible questions is distributed in advance.
If you are a freshman or sophomore with a special interest in this
course, or if you have any other concern about enrollment, please send
me a note before registration begins..
My office is 323 Wilson Hall. I'm usually there in early afternoon.
Come by any time -- or send an email to make an appointment -- rhwiley
BIOL 277 web site
BIOL 277L web site