Evan A. Sugden
Structure and function of arthropods, with emphasis on insects. Field studies and taxonomy of important insect groups. Students may be required to share a portion of the transportation costs of field trips. Prerequisite: ZOOL 444 which may be taken concurrently. Offered: Sp.
Overall appreciation for Arthropods. Their importance to Man and in nature. How to recognize most kinds of arthropods.
Mini-lectures in class. Self-study using the class arthropod collection. Building a personal insect collection. One (or two) overnight filed collecting trips.
Pre-read lab manual. Familiarity with a good insect field guide helpful as well as some natural history experience
Class Assignments and Grading
Self-teaching using specimens in lab. Personal collecting and collection-building, including specimen identification. Participation in field trips and special trap team assignment.
Mid-term practical exam (30%), Final practical exam (30%), Personal collection (40%), Extra Credit (up to 20%, as personal collection embellishments).