Dec 03, 2022  
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin 
2020-2021 Graduate Studies Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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BIO 227 - Behavioral Ecology

Semester Hours: 4
Every Other Year

This course reviews the fundamental principles of behavioral ecology, and explores current topics receiving particular attention in the field, including, but not limited to, parental care, parent-offspring conflict, sexual selection, sperm competition and mating systems, resource exploitation, foraging strategies, life history strategies, cooperation and sociality. Students will learn laboratory and field techniques used in behavioral ecology, formulate hypotheses, design and carry out original experiments in the laboratory component of the course, write a formal lab report and take field trips to observe animal behavior in natural habitats.  Students will also use both text and primary literature to develop an in depth knowledge of experimental design and theory of behavioral ecology in the context of current trends and controversies in the field. Students will research and introduce current primary literature to the class and will write a grant proposal (3 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, per week).

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
No credit for Bio 227 if Bio 117 is on undergraduate transcript. Credit given for this course or BIO 253A, Special Topics in Behavioral Ecology, not both. (Formerly BIO 253A Special Topics in Behavioral Ecology.)

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