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BIO420 Animal Behavior

Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell

Course Description

Study of animal behavior, integrating genetic, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe proximate influences on animal behavior, including genetic, developmental, and physiological.
  • Describe ultimate influences on animal behavior, including ecological and evolutionary.
  • Employ a cost-benefit approach to animal behavior, including the concept of optimality.
  • Discuss important behaviors throughout an animal's lifetime, including feeding, habitat selection, anti-predation, competition, and reproductive effort (mating and parental).
  • Describe social and environmental influences on animal behavior.
  • Design a behavioral study on an animal species.
  • Apply the scientific method to the study of animal behavior, including drawing inferences from observations.