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Subject: Northeast Reptile and Amphibian Field Ecology Workshop

Dates: June 13-24, 2016

Location: New Jersey School of Conservation (NJSOC) in Stokes State Forest, Sussex County, New Jersey

Description: This course is designed to introduce college-level students to the reptiles and amphibians of the Northeast United States, the environments they inhabit, and the techniques that are used to conserve and study them in the field.  Most of the course will involve hands-on field activities that allow students to get "up close and personal" with the salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles, lizards, and snakes that call the Northeast home.  A small number of classroom lectures and lab activities will also contribute to the student learning experience.  The course will include:

Discussions of reptile and amphibian natural history: their basic biology, life histories, and habitats
Discussions on the conservation and management of reptiles and amphibians
Reptile and amphibian identification and taxonomy
Identification of calling amphibians by ear
Habitat, plant, and non-herp animal identification
Reptile and amphibian sampling, trapping, and marking/tagging techniques
Reptile and amphibian tissue sampling for DNA analysis
Collection of occupancy, relative abundance, mark-recapture, physical, environmental, and geographic data
Field note recordation and organization
Day and night surveys for reptiles and amphibians
Hikes through several diverse northeastern habitats
Off-site field trips to natural areas that are different from those around the NJSOC
Participation in ongoing herpetological studies at the NJSOC and elsewhere

Cost: $750 for one week or $1000 for two weeks (fees cover food, lodging, and instruction)

Academic Credit: One to four (1-4) transferable, undergraduate credits are obtainable through Montclair State University for an additional fee.  Non-credit options are also available.

Qualifications: Applicants should be in relatively good physical shape and capable of hiking several miles in a range of conditions through moderate-difficult terrain.  Above all, applicants should be capable of college-level work and posses a strong interest in field biology, ecology, or another closely-related discipline.  Class space is limited and applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis providing they satisfy the above preconditions.

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For more information about the NJSOC please visit:

To apply or request more information, please contact Thomas J Duchak at: 

Thomas J Duchak <>
Wednesday, January 20, 2016

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