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 and 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. MSC. Limit 30. Course is closed
Required Book(s): None
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 science, and especially teaching broad survey courses where she can interweave basic themes to build a multidimensional understanding.