This course examines proximate and ultimate explanations for behavior and considers both pure and applied research. Topics include the evolution of behavior, domestication, learning, neuroethology, foraging behavior, game theory, territoriality and fighting, mate choice and sexual selection, parental care, kin selection, and altruism.
Ecology is the scientific study of the interactions that determine the distribution and abundance of organisms. During this course we will gain an understanding of many kinds of interactions, both biotic and abiotic, that regulate ecological population size and community structure. Ecological communities are exceedingly complex and we will also try to understand what makes those communities so complex. We will emphasize the importance of place and past history as factors that influence current ecology.
- Teacher: Stuart Allison