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 and three laboratory hours per week; the laboratory projects will require additional time outside of class.
Requisite: BIOL 181. Limited to 15 students per lab section. Fall semester. Professor Clotfelter and Visiting Lecturer Goodwin.
If Overenrolled: First preference to senior majors, then seniors in related disciplines, then junior majors, etc.