- Why are male cardinals brilliant red while females are dull brown?
- Why do some ground squirrels emit alarm calls when a predator is nearby, thus drawing attention to themselves?
- Why do lions commit infanticide?
- Do animals lie?
These are just some of the questions you should be able to discuss by the end of this course.
This course in an introduction to the behavior of animals in their natural environment. Examples will be drawn from birds, mammals, insects, and humans.
Specific topics include:
- sexual selection and mating behavior;
- cooperation and conflict in animal families;
- natural selection;
- Darwinian medicine;
- culture; and
- behavioral development.
The goals are to:
- gain a background in the natural behavior of animals, and
- understand sexual, aggressive, and social behaviors from an evolutionary perspective.
Textbook: Animal Behavior, 9th edition, by John Alcock
There will be three hourly exams.
The course consists of lectures, discussions, and movies.