Field Animal Behavior
One semester of college level biology or equivalent.
Cornell students: this course is crosslisted as BIONB 3290.
Cornell students, this course fulfills the following requirements:
Study behaviors of coastal organisms in an ecological context, with emphasis on research methods. Lectures and readings address the major subareas of animal behavior: communication, awareness, orientation and navigation, sociality, foraging, predator avoidance, and the sensory mechanisms that underlie these behaviors. In the second week of the course, each student designs and conducts an individual research project after a proposal writing exercise.
SML student studying nesting gull behavior.
I will recommend this course and the Shoals Marine Laboratory in general to every friend I have. This has been the single most academically influential experience of my life.
- Field Animal Behavior student, 2015
Course objectives and outcomes:
- Understand the scientific process as applied to field and/or laboratory investigations of behavior. Demonstrate the ability to design, conduct and present an independent investigation.
- Be able to explain the role of natural selection and the influences of predictable and unpredictable environmental change in shaping behavioral patterns.
- Grasp the significance, and be able to provide examples, of quantitative and qualitative measures that illustrate behavioral adaptation.
- Demonstrate critical thinking in the evaluation of scientific findings.
- Understand similar selection pressures operate across taxa.