BIOL 487L - Ichthyology Lab

Time: Wednesday 2:00-5:00, Room: Castetter 120

TA: Wade Wilson, 277-4191, wwilson@unm.edu

Office Hours: Mondays 10-11, Winnings (coffee house; 111 Harvard), or by appointment, email is the most effective way of reaching me.

 Lab Policy and Grading:

Active participation is required in all lab activities. Valid excuses for absence are limited to emergencies, illness, and/or death in family. Please contact me early regarding any disability you feel may interfere with your ability to fully participate in lab activities so we can make arrangements.

Lab activities (including field trips) will often include sketches and notes (in pencil or permanent ink, do not use ball point pens), so you will need to purchase a bound notebook (spiral notebooks are not acceptable). Your grade will not be based on artistic ability but rather on accuracy and thoroughness. Working together on lab activities is fine, however, each person must turn in their own work. If I receive identical works, neither will receive credit.

The lab is worth 200 points and is included in the grade you get for the class as a whole (lecture + lab). See Lecture Syllabus for grade scale:

Here is the breakdown for the 200 points:

Field Participation (3 @ 10 points each) 30 points

Notebook 40 points

Quizzes (6 @ 5 points each): 30 points

Aquarium Report: 25 points

Lab Practical (cumulative) 75 points

TOTAL 200 points

 

Field Trips:

         Participation in the day trips (Jemez, Rio Grande, and ABQ Aquarium) is required. Not only do you have to show up, but you also will need to get involved in the work to earn full credit. Field activities will include fish sampling, collecting, and sorting, as well as taking field notes on the fish data and habitat. The water is cold this time of year, so I recommend purchasing waders.

 

         Electroshocking REQUIRES that you wear waders when in the water.

 

         The Spring Break field trip will involve driving to and sampling some of the lakes and drainages of Oklahoma. Since it takes place during break, attendance is not mandatory and there will be no grade associated with the field trip other than the follow-up work in lab. I will provide you with more details about the trip, as we get closer to going.

 

 

 

Lab Schedule - Spring 2006 (may be modified as we proceed)

 

Week 1

18-Jan

Introduction to lab and Ichthyology - content, grading, syllabus Tour of Division of Fishes (Lex Snyder, Collections Manager)

 

Week 2

25-Jan

Basic Anatomy I: external

 

Week 3

1-Feb

Basic Anatomy II: internal

QUIZ 1: External Anatomy

Week 4

8-Feb

Introduction to Systematics and Taxonomy: dichotomous keys; introduction to field methods; field notes

QUIZ 2: Internal Anatomy

Week 5

15-Feb

Field Trip to Aquarium

Report due 22 Feb

Week 6

22-Feb

Chondrichthyes and Ancestral Fishes: identification and distribution of some major families

Aquarium Report Due

Week 7

1-Mar

Osteichthyes I: identification and distribution of some major families

QUIZ 3: Chondrichthyes and Ancestral Fishes

Week 8

8-Mar

Fishes of Oklahoma: identification

QUIZ 4: Osteichthyes

Week 9

15-Mar

Oklahoma Field Trip - Spring Break

 

Week 10

22-Mar

Osteichthyes II: identification and distribution of some major families

 

Week 11

29-Mar

Fishes of New Mexico Part I: identification

QUIZ 5: Fishes of Oklahoma, Osteichthyes

Week 12

5-Apr

Field Trip

 

Week 13

12-Apr

Field Trip

 

Week 14

19-Apr

Fishes of New Mexico Part II: identification, enumeration, and morphometrics of fishes from trips

QUIZ 6: Fishes of New Mexico, Osteichthyes

Week 15

26-Apr

Larval Fishes: Howard Brandenburg (MSB) Field methods for larval and juvenile fishes

 

Week 16

3-May

Lab Practical Exam

Notebooks Due