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Animal Behavior

Biol 370

I teach Animal Behavior lecture and lab, typically in the spring semester. Go here to see a syllabus for lecture and here to see a syllabus for lab.

The study of animal behavior encompasses all animals, ranging from single-celled organisms to complex animals such as mammals, in an effort to develop a better understanding of how animals interact with both the biotic and abiotic components of their environment. This course explores both the proximate and ultimate reasons animals behave the way they do. Over the course of the semester we will explore the functional, evolutionary and ecological basis of animal behavior, including how and why animals sense their environment, communicate, find food and mates, avoid predators, select habitat, migrate, care for offspring and live in groups.