R. H. Wiley: Teaching
ANIMAL SOCIETIES AND COMMUNICATION
ALTERNATE SPRING SEMESTERS
Next offered in fall semester 2009 (not in 2008!)
[For important information about registration
-- click here!]
This course uses class discussion to evaluate recent findings and
controversies about the evolution of social behavior and communication. We
read articles in primary scientific journals as well as scientific reviews
of key issues.
It also serves to introduce the social behavior of a
wide variety of animals -- including primates, cetaceans, other mammals,
birds, frogs, fish, and a variety of insects.
Topics include adaptations for communication, signal detection, cooperation,
sexual selection, honesty in communication, culture in animal societies, and
aspects of human behavior.
In addition to reports on readings and participation in discussions, each
student writes a paper and makes a presentation on a topic of his or her
INFORMATION ABOUT REGISTRATION
This course is designed for students who have had (or will enroll
concurrently in) BIOL 277, 278, or any course numbered between 450 and 479
(in other words, some background in behavior and evolution)!
Enrollment is limited to one section of 16 students, so everyone can
participate in the discussions.
If you are interested in this course, please send me a note BEFORE REGISTRATION BEGINS (please briefly
explain your interest in the course and include you PIN).
You may . . .
- stop by my office any time (323 Wilson Hall)
- call (962-1340) or email to make an appointment
- put a note in campus mail (address it to R. H. Wiley, Biology
- send an email message to
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