Instructor: Laura Cisneros, Ph.D.
Office hours: By appointment
Office phone: 860-486-4917
COURSE AIM & OUTCOMES
The objective of this course is to provide you with many essential skills of mammalogists and field biologists by practicing current techniques used to study mammals and conducting a field study.
Specific Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you will:
- Know the taxonomy and the autecology of common terrestrial mammalian species of Connecticut;
- Be able to identify live and museum specimens of common terrestrial mammals of Connecticut to species using knowledge of their distinguishing characteristics;
- Be able to take informative field notes and properly document data;
- Be able to apply appropriate methods of collection and preservation of museum specimens;
- Be able to employ appropriate protocols involved with live-trapping and handling of small mammals;
- Know how to use a variety of sampling and monitoring techniques (e.g. Sherman traps, Tomahawk traps, Harp traps, mist nets, camera traps, telemetry);
- Be familiar with recognition of mammal sign and tracks;
- Understand the importance of a variety of current mammalian research conducted in Connecticut;
- Be able to carry out various components of a field study (i.e. formulate a focal question and hypotheses, determine appropriate methods, analyze data, interpret findings, and communicate all aspects of the study to your peers).