Discover the secret lives of reptile and amphibian species in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. We will focus on their specific adaptations and distributions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Emphasis will be given to general natural history of each species, including but not limited to; distribution, associations, reproduction, status, conservation, research methods, etc. Fieldwork will include surveys of populations of reptiles and amphibians using traditions methods such as cover boards, leaf liter bags, etc.
Goal: To give the student an overview of the variety, distribution, management, and natural history of reptiles and amphibians that inhabit the southern Appalachian Mountains.
Cost includes instruction, food and lodging in our dorm inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park.