Biology 425: Animal Behavior Lab
This laboratory and field based course will explore the amazing behaviors of animals from an explicitly evolutionary perspective. In particular, we will explore how the diversity of behavior in nature is shaped by natural and sexual selection. Because the field of animal behavior is broad and diverse, this course will cover only a representative sampling of topics. Topics we will explore include: resource acquisition and defense, predator avoidance, mate choice and competition for mates, and cooperative behavior. Labs will be inquiry based, with students designing, conducting and analyzing experiments to test hypotheses. Students will also develop their scientific communication skills throughout the semester by gaining experience in oral presentations and writing manuscripts. Note that this course will involve required field trips off campus – but mostly during the course period.