Animal Behavior focuses on behavioral interactions of animals with one another and their environment. We will examine these behavioral interactions through the lenses of evolutionary biology and mathematical modeling. Specifically, the course will cover how to observe behavior, how to ask questions about behavior, how animals make decisions, how organisms find food and avoid become food for other animals, how organisms find a mate and decide who to mate with, when organisms should live in groups and then how those group interactions play out, when communication is useful and how animals communicate with one another and how all of this came about via evolutionary forces. The course will be composed of a “lecture” and a lab.
- Teacher: Paul Klawinski