Animal Behavior (IB 144)

An introduction to animal behavior that covers ecological,cognitive, and neurophysiological aspects of modern behavioral research. The course consists of three sections, each taught by a different instructor. The first section explores the ecological and evolutionary bases for behavioral variation, including aspects of reproductive competition, parental care, and cooperation within social groups. The second section examines patterns of information processing, spatial memory, and decision making. The final section of the course characterizes the neurological, endocrine, and ontogenetic mechanisms underlying fundamental components of animal behavior. Co-instructors: Damian Elias, George Bentley, Lucia Jacobs

Behavioral Ecology (IB 146)

An upper level course that explores in detail relationships between behavioral and ecological variation. A combination of lectures, discussions, lab exercises, and local field trips are used to examine topics such as kin recognition, reproductive competition, mate choice, and alloparental care. Critical reading of the primary literature provides the basis for topical discussions; exams and written assignments emphasize evaluation of current hypotheses regarding the functional significance of animal behavior.