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Field Studies in the Evolution of Animal Behavior BIOB 491
Monday, July 06, 2020, 8:00 AM to Friday, July 31, 2020, 5:00 PM MDT
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Location (Field Station): Flathead Lake Biological Station, Montana, USA

Course Description: July 6–31 1, M–Th, Full Day; F, Half Day; 5 Credits Prerequisites: One semester of college-level biology and an ecology course or consent of instructor. The course is designed to prepare biology majors for graduate studies in evolutionary behavioral ecology. The course also is open to advanced students in other nonlife science or nonscience majors if they have particular interest in this field. The course will provide students with advanced understanding of the principles and methods of animal behavior and evolutionary behavioral ecology research. Emphasis will be on the field study and complementary field-supportive lab studies, of the sexual and social strategies of diverse terrestrial species. It stresses concepts of behavioral evolution and sober, but awesomely fun, evolutionary adaptationist hypothesis formulation and challenging quantitative testing. An optional 2-credit course BIOE 490 for Undergrads or BIOB 596 for Grads: Independent Study in the Evolution of Animal Behavior, August 3-14 is a followup extension of the main course that entails two additional weeks of supervised independent study. Includes field work and on the spot discussions.

Instructor – Dr. Paul Watson, U of New Mexico.

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Contact: Marie Kohler [email protected] 406-872-4515