Behavioral Ecology Biol4180

 

Topic

Reading

Assignment due

Aug 25

Intro to Behavioral Ecology & the Adaptationist Perspective,

K&D 1, Gould & Lewontin 1979

 

Aug 27

Testing Hypotheses

K&D 2 Owens 2006

 

Sep 1

Economic perspectives on behavior

K&D 3;

 

Sep 3

More economics

K&D 5;

 

Sept 8

Competition for resources

Brown 2004;

 

Sept 10

Predator-prey coevolution

Brodie and Wilkinson 2009; K&D Ch 4 (skim);

Synopsis 1

Sept 15

Mimicry

Joron and Mallet 1998; Brodie 1993: Pfennig 2008, 2001

 

Sept 17

EXAM 1

 

 

Sept 22

Sexes and Sex Ratio

West 2002; Dr. T 11

 

Sept 24

Sexual conflict and sexual selection

K&D 8; Dr. T 1, 2, 3, 9

 

Sept 29

Sexual Selection

 

 

Oct 1

Alternative strategies

K&D 10; Dr. T 5

 

Oct 6

READING DAY

 

 

Oct 8

Guest lecture

 

 

Oct 13

Mating Systems

K&D 9; Dr. T 10

Synopsis 2

Oct 15

Fighting

K&D 7; Dr. T 4

 

Oct 20

Exam 2

 

 

Oct 22

Signal Evolution

K&D 14; Tibbets 2004

 

Oct 27

Parental Investment and Parent-Offspring Conflict

Kilner 1997; Trivers 1974

 

Oct 29

Group Living pros and cons

K&D 6

 

Nov 3

Altruism, Kin Selection, and group selection

K&D 11 Wilson & Wilson 2008

 

Nov 5

Cooperation

K&D 12;

 

Nov 10

Eusociality and haplo-diploidy

K&D 13; Boomsma 2006

Synopsis 3

Nov 11

Social selection and IGEs

 

 

Nov 17

EXAM 3

 

 

Nov 19

Final Presentations 1-3

 

 

Nov 24

TBA

 

 

Nov 26

THANKSGIVING BREAK

 

 

Dec 1

Final Presentations 4-6

 

 

Dec 3

Final Presentations 7-9

 

 

Dec 8

Final Presentations 10-12

 

 

K&D = Krebs and Davies Introduction to Behavioural Ecology 3rd ed.

Dr. T. = Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation