Introduction to Amphibians

The Introduction to Amphibians is taught at the Amphibian Foundation by Executive Director Mark Mandica. 

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Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, efts and caecilians) are an incredibly diverse and interesting clade. This course explores the taxonomy of the major types of amphibians; defining each group and the characters that unite them before examining their biodiversity and adaptations. This course will be a deep dive into the biology, morphology, physiology, biogeography, and evolution of amphibians. Topics such as reproduction, metamorphosis, functional morphology, freeze tolerance and phenotypic plasticity will be covered in splendid detail. Special emphasis will be placed on the amphibians native to the metro Atlanta region.

The course assumes a basic understanding of Biology and Comparative Anatomy, but are not requirements. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia (Jensen, et al) is suggested reading, and all required course materials will be available for download here.

Location: The Amphibian Foundation, 4055 Roswell Rd NE. Atlanta, GA 30342
Instructor: Mark Mandica, Executive Director
Time: Saturdays, 2 - 5pm, June 2nd - July 21st
Registration: $100
This class is NOT wheelchair accessible

The Biology of Amphibians

The Biology of Amphibians

The Biology of Amphibians is part 1 of 2 independent courses taught at Agnes Scott College by Amphibian Foundation Executive Director Mark Mandica. This course is a deep dive into the Taxonomy (Species and Types) and Biogeography of the world's frogs, salamanders and caecilians. Other topics include reproduction and metamorphosis, environmental physiology and ecology.

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The Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians

The Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians

The Ecology and Conservation of Amphibians is part 2 of 2 independent courses taught at Agnes Scott College by Amphibian Foundation Executive Director Mark Mandica. This course is an exploration into the ecological role of the world's frogs, salamanders and caecilians. Other topics include amphibian defense mechanisms and global amphibian declines — the main causes and responses.

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Introduction to Amphibians

Introduction to Amphibians

This course is a deep dive into the Taxonomy (Species and Types) and Biogeography of the world's frogs, salamanders and caecilians. Other topics include reproduction and metamorphosis, environmental physiology and ecology. This course is taught at the Amphibian Foundation and each class includes a 'live lab' with a diverse collection of amphibians from the education and outreach collection.

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Master Herpetologist Course

Master Herpetologist Course

The Master Herpetologist course is an exploration into the reptiles and amphibians of the Atlanta area (Georgia Piedmont), and follows the format of other successful area programs such as CNC's Master Naturalist, and Atlanta Audubon's Master Birder Courses. This course is co-instructed with Amphibian Foundation and Zoo Atlanta Herpetology staff and includes classroom and lab instruction, as well as field surveys at local sites.

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Critters & Cabernet (Adult Critter Camp)

Critters & Cabernet (Adult Critter Camp)

By popular demand we have adapted our popular children's program — Critter Camp — for adults! How did we do that? First, our adult program includes wine! Second, it is hosted at our neighbors over at Savi Provisions in Buckhead in their wine tasting room. Third, our program meets once a month and highlights a different group each time. We will cover frogs, salamanders, turtles, lizards and snakes in a fun and casual learning experience. Join us!

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