Grenada Wildlife and Habitats

General Course Information

Course Lecturer Name(s): Leon Radix

Course Director Name: Leon Radix  

Course Lecturer(s) Contact Information: (WHATSAPP 473-456-0374)

Course Director Contact Information: 

Course Lecturer(s) Office Hours: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (M & W)

Course Director Office Hours: 9:00 am to 11:00 am (M & W)

Course Lecturer(s) Office Location: Caribbean House, 2nd floor

Course Director Office Location: Caribbean House, 2nd floor  

Course Support: Akima Ventour, Email:, Phone: Ext 3435

Course Management tool: To learn to use Sakai, the Course management tool, access the link

Course Curriculum Information

Course Description: 

This course is a survey course of Grenada wildlife and their habitats. Students enrolled in this course will explore the diversity of vertebrate species that inhabit the Grenada landscape. One of the primary goals of the course is to introduce students to the concept of habitat and the immutable connection between the conservation of the habitat and the conservation of wildlife. The focus of the course will be Grenada amphibians, reptiles, mammals and birds. Students will explore ecological, educational, philosophical, economic and cultural values that affect human perceptions of the conservation of habitat and wildlife in Grenada. 

This course will be intensive in terms of reading, writing, and self-expression.  Students will be expected to verbalize their thoughts and observations on assigned readings in classroom discussions and presentation. Students will also help each other formulate and bring into focus, what will be their unique philosophical viewpoints on habitat and wildlife conservation in Grenada. 

Course Objectives: 

This course is designed to help you:

  1. Learn to identify /recognize the many of Grenada’s vertebrate 
  2. Develop scientific skills including:
    1. Learn to ask the questions that conservation biologists ask
    2. Learn to recognize and interpret patterns found in nature and embedded within conservation biology issues   
    3. Gather, interpret, and communicate quality information    
  1. To immerse students into the natural environment to gain first-hand experiences and knowledge of the unique threats facing the flora and fauna of Grenada. 
  2. Become vested in the conservation of organisms and their habitat and realize that biodiversity is extraordinary. 

Technical Skills Outcomes: N/A

Student Learning Outcomes:

Please see Course and Session Learning Outcomes document in the Resources folder.

Program Outcomes Met By This Course:

BIOL – PLO1: Apply the scientific method for designing and conducting controlled field and laboratory experiments, testing hypotheses, collecting and analyzing data, and interpreting and communicating results. 

BIOL – PLO2: Apply the scientific method for designing and conducting controlled field and laboratory experiments, and effectively use scientific literature and communicate scientific knowledge.

BIOL – PLO3: Analyze key ecological issues across Planet Earth, with a focus on ensuring longterm species viability, and the health of marine and terrestrial environments.

SAS Grading Scale: Grades will be assigned as follows:

A  = 89.5% or better

B+ = 84.5 - 89.4%

B  = 79.5 - 84.4%

C+ = 74.5 - 79.4%

C = 69.5 - 74.4%

D = 64.5 - 69.4%

F = 64.4% or less 

Course Materials:

Text: Powell, R.H.R., 2009. Natural history of West Indian reptiles and amphibians. Gainesville:

University Press of Florida.

Evans, P.G., 1990. Birds of the eastern Caribbean (No. EVA 598.2 (BH 972)). MacMillan Education.

Supplementary Readings/Resources: 

Hawthorne, W. D., Jules, D., Marcelle, G. 2004. Caribbean Spice Island Plants. Oxford Forestry Institute.

Giovas, C.M., LeFebvre, M.J. and Fitzpatrick, S.M., 2012. New records for prehistoric introduction of Neotropical mammals to the West Indies: evidence from Carriacou, Lesser Antilles. Journal of Biogeography, 39(3), pp.476-487.

MacPHEE, R.D., Singer, R. and Diamond, M., 2000. Late Cenozoic land mammals from Grenada, Lesser Antilles island-arc. American Museum Novitates, 2000(3302), pp.1-20.

Morgan, G.S. and Woods, C.A., 1986. Extinction and the zoogeography of West Indian land mammals. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 28(1-2), pp.167-203. 

Course Grading Requirement:

Exams (50% of grade): This course consists of four (4) exams worth 100 points each.  Exam questions will come from the assigned reading material, class lectures and discussion, guest presentations, field trips, and class activities.  Note: Exams may consist of multiple choice, true or false, short answer, matching, and fill-in-the-blank questions.  

Wildlife Species Presentation (30% of grade): Students will thoroughly research a species from a list of wildlife found on the island of Grenada. Students are required to do two presentations. Students will select species from two separate lists provided by their instructor(s). One list contains amphibian, reptiles and mammals and the other a list of possible birds.   Students need to select two topics (one from the list of amphibians, reptiles and mammals, and the other from the birds list). This assessment should include life history, habitat, geographic location, nesting and giving birth, reproduction, conservation issues and status. Students will present this report to the class.  These oral reports should be 12-15 minutes in length and must include at least 3 scientific literature citations that are distinct from class material.  Note: Most students do PowerPoint presentations. Additional information for this project will be provided during the course. 

Field Trip Summaries (15% of grade): Summary papers will be written for one personal field trip in this course.  This summary should include your observations, questions you may have, points for further discussion, reflection, etc.  This paper will be a minimum of 2 pages, typed and doublespaced.  

Activities (5% of grade): Classroom activities will revolve around the required readings and lecture topics.  Students will be expected to fully participate in all classroom activities which in some cases will require short oral presentations. Failure to participate will result in a loss of points. Note: Failure to attend class is the most common way to lose points!

Course Requirements:


Course Schedule

BIOL 217:  2022 Tentative Spring Lecture Schedule 


M: Lecture 1

W: Lecture 2



Introductions & Syllabus Review




Classification of Organism Presentation Guidelines

Habitats I



Habitats II

Catch Up Day 




Quiz 1















Midterm Exam

Midterm Week















Catch up Day









Quiz 4







Final Exam—likely today

Final Exams Week

School of Arts and Sciences Master Syllabi — Info for All Sections

Plagiarism Policy

Academic Integrity

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Plagiarism is regarded as a cardinal offense in academia because it constitutes theft of the work of someone else, which is then purported as the original work of the plagiarist. Plagiarism draws into disrepute the credibility of the Institution, its faculty, and students; therefore, it is not tolerated” (p. 48).

Plagiarism also includes the unintentional copying or false accreditation of work, so double check your assignments BEFORE you hand them in.

Be sure to do good, honest work, credit your sources and reference accordingly and adhere to the University’s Honor Code. Plagiarism and cheating will be dealt with very seriously following the university’s policies on Plagiarism as outlined in the Student Manual.

Your work may be subject to submission to plagiarism detection software, submission to this system means that your work automatically becomes part of that database and can be compared with the work of your classmates.

Attendance Requirement

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

Students are expected to attend all classes and or clinical rotations for which they have registered. Although attendance may not be recorded at every academic activity, attendance may be taken randomly. Students’ absence may adversely affect their academic status as specified in the grading policy. If absence from individual classes, examinations, and activities, or from the University itself is anticipated, or occurs spontaneously due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, proper notification procedures must be followed. A particular course may define additional policies regarding specific attendance or participation” (p. 9).

Examination Attendance

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

All matriculated students are expected to attend all assigned academic activities for each course currently registered. Medical excuses will be based on self-reporting by students. Students who feel they are too sick to take an examination or other required activity on a specific day must submit the online SAS medical excuse, which is available on Carenage. Students are only allowed two such excuses a year. Upon consultation with the Director of University Health Service, the third excuse will result in a mandatory medical leave of absence. The policies regarding make-up examinations are at the option of the Course Director” (p.46).

For additional specific examination policies and procedures, refer to the St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020), pages 31 through 37.

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services Policy

The St. George’s University Student Manual (2019/2020) states as follows:

A student with a disability or disabling condition that affects one or more major life activities, who would like to request an accommodation, must submit a completed application form and supporting documentation to the Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services (SAAS) located in the Dean of Students Office. It is highly recommended that students applying for accommodations do so at least one month before classes begin to allow for a more efficient and timely consideration of the request. If a fully completed application is not submitted in a timely fashion, an eligibility determination may not be made, and accommodations, where applicable, may not be granted prior to the commencement of classes and/or examinations” (p. 8).


It is the responsibility of the student to read and understand the policies, laws, rules and procedures that while they could affect your grade for a course, have not been specifically outlined in the course syllabus. These are contained in the St. George’s University Student Manual.