BIO420 Animal Behavior
Lead Faculty: Dr. Michael R. Maxwell
Study of animal behavior, integrating genetic, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary perspectives.
- 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.