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Spring Quarter 2003

Syllabus & Texts
Handouts & Assignments

UPDATE: March 18, 2004: A somewhat different version of Animal Behavior will be offered in Spring of 2004, taught by the wonderful and talented Laura Howard, a visiting faculty member. Heather Heying will be teaching this again in Spring 2005.

Basilisk What do animals do? Hibernate, forage, mate, form social groups, compete, communicate, care for their young, and so much more.

How do animals achieve these things? With the tools of their physiology, anatomy, and, in some cases, culture.

Why do animals do what they do? For reasons having to do with their particular ecology and evolutionary history.

In this program, we will be studying animal behavior from both a theoretical and an empirical perspective. Students will be expected to engage some of the complex and often contradictory scientific predictions and results that have been generated in this field, as well as undertake their own independent research projects to be presented to the class at the end of the quarter.

Some of the topics that we will focus on include mating systems, territoriality, female mate choice, competition, communication, parental care, plant/animal interactions, and convergent evolution.

Interested students should have a background in evolutionary and ecological theory, or be prepared to quickly "catch up" by reading several early chapters from the assigned books that we will not be going over in class.


Beetle sex The books that we will be using in this program include:

  • An Introduction to Behavioural Ecology (3rd ed). By J. R. Krebs and N. B. Davies. 1993. Blackwell Science, Inc. 420 pp. ISBN: 0632035463.
  • Evolutionary Ecology (6th ed.). By Eric Pianka. 1999. Addison-Wesley. 512 pp. ISBN: 0321042883.
  • Measuring Behavior: An Introductory Guide. By P. Martin and P. Bateson. 1994. Cambridge University Press, New York. ISBN: 0-521-44614-7.
  • Nisa: The Life and Words of a Kung Woman. 2000. By Marjorie Shostak. Harvard University Press, Cambridge. ISBN: 0674004329.
  • Mother Nature: A history of mothers, infants, and natural selection. By Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. 1999. Pantheon Books, New York. ISBN 0-679-44265-0
  • In addition, there is a required coursepack containing several articles from the primary literature which will be available from Dr. Heying for $13 each (the cost of the copies and binding).

Faculty Name Phone Email Location
Heather Heying (360) 867-5535 heyingh@evergreen.edu Lab 1, room 3049