BEHAVIORAL ECOLOGY AND SOCIOBIOLOGY
BIOLOGY 375 (3 credits)
Fall 2012: 4:00-4:50am MWF - Rm. THM 109
Instructor: David Westneat, Office: 104 MDR#3, Telephone: 323-9499, e-mail: biodfw at uky.edu
Textbook: Davies, Krebs, and West (2012) Introduction to Behavioural Ecology, 4th edition. Wiley/Blackwell.
This course will explore the selective forces that influence animal behavior, especially foraging, predator avoidance, mate choice, parental care, and social behavior. The study of behavior integrates ideas and approaches from ecology, genetics, physiology, and psychology. Understanding what animals do and why requires one to understand underlying processes rather than simply learning facts. Thus this course emphasizes critical thinking and the scientific process. Students will be encouraged to read outside material, to think carefully, logically, and critically about ideas and to ask questions and defend their views. Students are encouraged to speak up in class and express their questions, opinions, and concerns.
Supplemental Readings (For section on Human Sociobiology)
*Please note: These readings are accessible only from a University of Kentucky computer. A home computer will not work unless you set up a proxy ID via UK (contact library staff if you are interested).*
Instructions: Click on the web link button below. This should open Adobe Acrobat and the file with the paper. You can then either read it on screen, save it to disk, or print it out as you prefer.
For each paper, you may turn in a summary for 5 pts of extra credit each. The summary should have one paragraph describing the paper and its results and a second paragraph on your own reaction to the study. Because the intent of this is to foster discussion, there will be no make-up if you missed the class.
Reading for Dec. 3: MHC-correlated perfume preferences
Reading for Dec. 5: Factors governing moral sentiments regarding incest
These are questions that will review material we have covered and stimulate you to think more deeply about what we have discussed in class. Many are drawn from previous exams or are somewhat modified from exam questions. Doing them will significantly help your performance on the exams! Approximately once each week I will post the question by creating a link below to a page with the question. I encourage you to attempt an answer, and then later I will post a key.
Extra Credit Critiques
Web Site: Check this course website for various course postings, which will include the syllabus, answer keys for exams, thought problems/answers for the week, and possibly selected lecture notes.