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Spring 2019 BIOL 60C

Biology 60C: Natural History of the Bay Area: Herpetology (Begins 2/19)

You will learn to identify the various species of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the San Francisco Bay Area and more broadly in California. We will focus on their evolution, ecology, conservation, and life history. How do they survive? How have they adapted to their environments? What threats do they face, and how can humans help them? We will explore a variety of habitats in the Bay Area and more broadly in California, from redwood/fir forest, oak woodland, grassland, and desert. The majority of class time is outdoors!

Instructor: Andrew Gottscho   

I’m just a simple country lizard doctor…I spent ten years of my life researching lizards full-time, specifically lizards in the southwestern deserts of the United States and Mexico, during my time as a master’s student at Humboldt State University, a PhD student at San Diego State University, and a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Institution, where I maintain an affiliation as a research collaborator. I helped film crews get footage of desert lizards for television shows aired on BBC and the National Geographic Wild channel. I am well connected with the local herpetology community in California, especially the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology at UC Berkeley and the San Diego Natural History Museum. Most of all I love reptiles and amphibians and my primary motivation for teaching this class is to have fun, get students outdoors, and away from their screens!

Course Number 24194: Meets 6-7:50 PM on 2/19, 3/5, 3/19, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23, and 5/7. Field trips: 3/2 9-11:50 AM; 3/16 9:00 AM-4:50 PM; 3/30 9-11:50 AM; and 5/4 9:00 AM-5:50 PM.

Note: This class counts as an elective in the new Natural History & Resources Certificate of Achievement being developed.

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