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Coastal Herpetology

Target Audience: Undergraduate Student
Graduate Student

Institution: University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Lab

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Course Description: The coastal plain of the Southeast boasts an outstanding diversity of amphibians and reptiles, making the region an excellent place to study these often reclusive and elusive creatures. This course provides students with an introduction to herpetology through lectures, discussions of original research papers, and a class project. Topics covered include the ecology, evolution, life history, diversity, behavior, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. There will also be field excursions highlighting the methods and techniques for capturing and studying amphibians and reptiles. Prepare to get wet and muddy while exploring the marshes, pine woods, bayous, and other habitats as we search for and learn about the amphibians and reptiles of the northern Gulf Coast. Prerequisites: Two semesters of biology or permission of instructor. COA 412/512: Field Exercises in Coastal Herpetology, four credit hours.

Course Fees and Expenses:

Scholarships, Fellowships, Associated with the Course: A limited number of assistantships and scholarships are available to qualifying students attending the GCRL Summer Field Program. For more information, contact us at

Funding Source: Other

How to Apply: Fill out online application at:

Application Closing Date: 04/13/2018

Course Begins: 2018-05-14

Course Ends: 2018-06-01


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