The Wild and Wacky World of Animal Behavior

Why do leopards have spots and moths ears?  Why do birds sing and bees dance?  Why do ravens share and humans laugh?  This course on animal behavior explores the diverse–and sometimes bizarre–strategies and mechanisms that animals use to solve the same basic problems of life: getting food, avoiding predators, finding and keeping mates, raising offspring, living in groups.  From hornets to hornbills, from humpbacks to humans, we will study the origins of these behaviors and discuss the adaptive reasons behind their similarities and differences. UMA Brunswick, Limit: 30   Course is closed

Required Book: Tristram D. Wyatt, Animal Behavior: A Very Short Introduction, ISBN 9780198712152  

Note schedule change: This course will start on 9/21 and end on 11/9

Barbara Snapp received her Ph.D. in biology from Cornell University where her research focused on the ecological adaptiveness of behavior. Her passion is teaching, and especially teaching broad survey courses where she can interweave basic themes to build a multidimensional understanding.

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