The Skeleton Beneath the Skin: Exploring the World of Vertebrates (7-8)

There are more than 45,000 living species of vertebrates, found almost everywhere (except the North Pole): below ground, on the ground, and in the air. They eat plants, invertebrates, and, sad to say, one another. This course will remain above ground and in Southern California in our investigation of reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and primates. (Go Gorillas!)  We will focus on the ecology, evolution, physiology, and anatomy of vertebrates. We’ll also explore the relation between habitat and physiology through nature hikes and trips to the Los Angeles Zoo, the Natural History Museum, Gibbon Conservation Center, California Science Center, and an overnight trip to the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. Students will also spend time in the laboratory, hearing from guest lecturers and working collaboratively on research projects.

Andrew Miller and Dean Sexton

*This course involves one overnight trip to San Diego