Vertebrate Natural History

Lecture: Bevier Hall room 393

T-Th 12:30 - 1:50PM


Laboratory: All labs in 304 Roger Adams Laboratory

Section 1 (AB1) - Tues 9:00 11:50 am

Section 2 (AB2) - Thurs 9:00 11:50 am


Course Overview

The course is intended to introduce students to classification, life histories, adaptations, ecology, and conservation status of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. We will focus on species that occur in the Midwest region of North America. The laboratory will emphasize the identification and distribution of the vertebrate fauna of Illinois. There will be a required field trip to see live Illinois species and learn about habitat relationships of local vertebrates. The course will provide a broad overview of the natural history of Illinois vertebrates, and it should serve as a valuable foundation for more advanced, specialized courses such as ichthyology, herpetology, ornithology, and mammalogy.



IB 203 or NRES 219 or consent of instructor.



Dr. Jonathan Marcot

Contact: jmarcot@illinois.edu


Rachel Moran, Laboratory TA

Contact: rmoran9@illinois.edu