Behavioral Ecology

Description: Lecture, three hours; discussion, two hours. Requisites: course 100, Life Sciences 1 or 7B, Mathematics 3C or 32A or Life Sciences 30B. Recommended: course 129. Offered either as 4-unit quarter-long course or as 8-unit Field Biology Quarter course. Evolutionary perspective of behavioral ecology, with extended consideration of selfish DNA, conflict with genomes, natural selection and coevolution, kin selection and diversity in group functioning and cooperation, social learning, game theory and alternative life histories, and human behavioral ecology. Eight-unit course covers several major areas in animal behavior more broadly, including foraging, sexual selection and predator-prey interactions in five intensive weeks, followed by extended field trip where students do individual projects. Concurrently scheduled with course C242. Letter grading.

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