Introduction to Amphibians
The Introduction to Amphibians is taught at the Amphibian Foundation by Executive Director Mark Mandica.
Next Offering: Summer 2019
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 are available for download on the course site.
Location: The Amphibian Foundation, 4055 Roswell Rd NE. Atlanta, GA 30342
Instructor: Mark Mandica, Executive Director
Time: Saturdays, 2 - 5pm
This class is NOT wheelchair accessible