This course provides an introduction to the taxonomy, evolution, ecology, behavior, and conservation of vertebrates. Class topics include a broad survey of vertebrate diversity, comparative examination of vertebrate adaptations, population biology, and reconstruction of evolutionary relationships. Lab sessions focus on identification of North American vertebrates, field techniques, and current conservation trends. Three Saturday field trips are offered during the semester; students are required to attend two of these. Students are assessed by four lecture exams, one lab practical, a project on North American ecosystems, weekly lab exercises, and participation.