This seminar provides a broad introduction to primate behavior and examines the social and sexual behavior of Neotropical primates such as howler monkeys, capuchin monkeys, muriquies, marmosets, and tamarins. Major issues and topics in current behavioral studies of primates will be addressed through readings of research journals and books and group discussions. We will also make use of oral presentations on particular aspects of the behavior of different species of Neotropical primates, and one short writing assignment. Through all of these activities students will be immersed in the fascinating lives of wild primates that occur in some of the most amazingly diverse tropical locations of Central and South America.
There will not be a textbook. Readings will come from a number of research articles, and from Primate Behavioral Ecology, by K. Strier, 3d edition, 2006, and Animal Behavior, by J. Alcock, 8th edition, 2005.