FIELD MAMMALOGY

INSTRUCTOR INFO

Instructor: Laura Cisneros, Ph.D.
Office hours: By appointment
Office phone: 860-486-4917
Email: laura.cisneros@uconn.edu

COURSE AIM & OUTCOMES 

Aim 

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).

COURSE SCHEDULE

Field Mammalogy Schedule

COURSE MATERIALS

Course Syllabus

CT Mammal Species List

Guide to Terrestrial Mammals of CT

Field Notebook Guidelines

Camera Trap Guidelines

Camera Trap Project