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Biology 107

 

Spring  2013

 

Syllabus

 

Animal Focus Presentation Guidelines and due dates

                                       

 

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             How to do the reference list            Presentation Schedule

 

           

                                                 

 

Keep An Open Mind:   

 

“Sit down before fact as a little child, be prepared to give up every preconceived notion, follow humbly wherever and to whatever abysses nature leads, or you shall learn nothing”     Thomas Henry Huxley (1825–1895)

 

 

 

"There is not the slightest indication that nuclear energy will ever be obtainable. It would mean that the atom would have to be shattered at will."   Albert Einstein, 1932

 

Lecture Notes:

Last updated as of 9:10 AM, Thursday, June 6, 2013

 

Guidelines for Human Pheromone Lab  

 

 

                      Live Webcams on Parental Care Behavior:

Ø    Phoebe Hummingbird live cam

Ø    Eagle live cam

 

                         Interesting Papers:

·       Teaching in Wild Meerkats

·       How Baboons Think (Yes, Think)

·       Do Chimps Have Culture?

·       Temperature Dependent Sex Ratio in a Bird

                                                  Study Guides:

Ø    Exam I

Ø    Exam 2

Ø    Exam 3

Ø    Final Exam

 

Week 1:               

     Lectures:  Natural Selection  

                       DNA, Genes and Mutations

          Lab:  Safety Talk; Video: Orca Attacks on Grey Whales

 

 

 

Week 2:         Study Guide for Quiz 1     

    Lectures:  More on genes and variation in populations

                        Proximate and Ultimate Perspectives on Behavior

                        More on Proximate Perspectives – Part 2

         Lab:  Evolution and Dot Populations

    

 

Week 3:          Study guide for Quiz

    Lectures:  Innate Behaviors vs. Learning

                         Learning – Part 2

         Lab:   Owl Pellets

 

 

Week 4:          Study guide for new quiz

    Lectures:  Learning – Part 3 - Nature vs. Nurture

          Lab: Exam 1 (Exploration 1)     

  

Week 5:

    Lectures:  Do Animals Have Culture?

                         Sexual Selection – Part 1

                         Sexual Selection – Part 2

          Lab:  Presentations 1,2,3 and 4

 

 Week 6:

    Lectures:  Sexual Selection – Part 3  Sexual Selection – Part 4

                 Mating Systems    

          Lab:  Presentations 5,6,7 and 8

 

 Week 7:

    Lectures:   Unwanted Parental Care 

              Lab:   Super Pride of the Serengeti  Presentations 9, 10, 11 and 12

 

                         

Week 8 :      

   Lectures:  and Kinship Issues – Who we do things for? 

         Lab:  Exam 2  Presentations 13, 14, 15 and 16  

   

 

Week 9 :

   Lectures:  Jeff Rash’s Talk

        Lab:   Holiday

   

 

Week 10:

   Lectures: Anti-Predator Behaviors and Methods; Giant Asian Hornets  AND Defense against predators

             Lab: Human Pheromone Lab – Our Sweaty T-Shirts! and Presentations 17, 18, 19 and 20  

 

 Week 11:

    Lectures: What is a swarm?

          Lab: Presentations 21, 22, 23 and 24

 

 

 

         

                           

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

 

Video Clips:

Ø    Dawson’s Bees – Intrasexual Selection example

Ø    Runaway Selection Selection

Ø    Culture in Japanese Snow Monkeys

 

                              

 

 

Animal Behavior and Animal Traits in the news:

 

Genetics and the Shape of Dogs

Studying the new sequence of the canine genome shows how tiny genetic changes can create enormous variation within a single species

 

http://www.americanscientist.org/template/AssetDetail/assetid/55869

 

 

 

Shark That Walks on Fins Is Discovered

Scientists discover dozens of new species, including a shark that walks on its fins

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/18/ap/tech/mainD8K7B4100.shtml

 

 

 

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