Biology 4753—Vertebrate Population Analysis

Department of Mathematical and Natural Sciences

Spring 2006, Thursday 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Science Center B11



Instructor:  Dr. John L. Hunt. 

Office:  B-11, Science Center. 

Phone:  870-460-1466

E-mail:  Web page:

Office Hours:  Weekdays 8:30-9:30; or by appointment. 


            Suggested text:  Thompson, W. L., G. C. White, and C. Gowan.  1998.  Monitoring vertebrate populations.  Academic Press, San Diego, Califorinia, 365.


            Course Objectives:  To introduce the student to field exercises involving capture and monitoring of populations of mammals, birds, and reptiles, and to techniques for preparation of museum specimens.


            Tests and grading:  Grades will be based on participation and completion of field notes and writing assignments, and completion of specimen preparation.


            Attendance:  Attendance at all meetings and field sessions is mandatory.  You will sign an attendance sheet for each meeting.  Unexcused absences may result in the loss of ten points from your final average for each meeting missed.  Points are given for attending and completing each exercise.  After two unexcused absences, you may be dropped from the roll and withdrawn from the class.  It is important for you to note that you are responsible for material covered in every exercise, even if you miss the class with an excused absence.  It is your responsibility to obtain the material you have missed, and to be prepared when you return to class.  Excused absences will not count against the grade of students who present the instructor with proper documentation.


            Class policies:  This is a field class, and will require the student to participate in all kinds of weather.  The instructor is here to help you.  Please feel free to ask questions at any time.  You are encouraged to seek help outside of regular class hours if you are so inclined, either during office hours or by appointment. 

Disorderly conduct is any behavior which disrupts the regular of normal functions of the University Community, including behavior which breaches the peace or violates the rights of others.  This type of conduct is prohibited by the Student Conduct Code.  The Code may be found on page 62 of the 2005-2007 UAM Catalog. 


Academic dishonesty:  Cheating will not be tolerated.  The Academic Code of the University of Arkansas-Monticello may be found on page 63 of the 2005-2007 UAM Catalog.  Please note that the instructor has wide latitude in taking corrective action in response to cheating; expect the harshest possible response in this class.


            Students with disabilities:  It is the policy of the University of Arkansas—Monticello to accommodate individuals with disabilities pursuant to federal law and the commitment of the University to equal educational opportunities.  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any necessary accommodations at the beginning of the course.  Any student requiring accommodations should contact the Office of Special Student Services located in Harris Hall, Room 120, phone 870-460-1026, TDD 870-460-1626, fax 870-460-1926.


            Course outline: 

Jan. 12             No class.

Jan. 19             Introduction.

Jan. 26             Mammal trapping grid.

Feb. 2              Mammal trapping grid.

Feb. 9              Mammal trapping grid.

Feb. 16            NO CLASS (SBDN meeting).

Feb. 23            Mammalian specimen preparation.

Mar. 2              Chickadee project.

Mar. 9              Chickadee project.

Mar. 16            Chickadee project.

Mar. 23            SPRING BREAK!!  (Woo hoo!!)

Mar. 30            Bat netting.

Apr. 6              Bat netting.

Apr. 13            Bat netting.

Apr. 20            Specimen preparation.

Apr. 27            Papers and field notebooks due.