Shaped by millions of years of evolution, animals have evolved myriad abilities to respond to their environment, their potential predators and prey, and members of their own species. This course examines animal behavior from both a mechanistic and a functional perspective. Drawing upon examples from a diverse range of taxa, and using articles from the primary scientific literature, we will discuss topics such as behavioral endocrinology, sexual selection and mating systems, animal communication, and kinship and cooperation. Four classroom hours.
Requisite: BIOL 181. Limited to 14 students. Not open to first-year students. Fall semester. Professor Clotfelter.
If Overenrolled: Preference given to biology majors and according to class year (seniors first, etc.)