Bio 169: Animal Behavior
Lecture: Monday, Wednesday 1pm to 2 pm (2 hours total)
Lab: Monday 2pm to 5pm (3 hours total)
This course is an introduction to the incredible world of animal behavior, in other words, why animals do the things that they do.
Prerequisite: BIO 1 or permission of instructor
Scheduling: Spring only in even years, offered Spring 2012, not offered Spring 2013, next offered Spring 2014
Units: 3 units.
Syllabus: WordPerfect document PDF Word html updated for Spring 2012
Texts: Krebs, J.R., Davies, N. (1993) An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology. 3rd Edition. Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN 0-632-035463. Required
Dawkins, R. (1989) The Selfish Gene. (Updated Edition) Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 0-19-286092-5. Required. (see below for free online version)
NOTE: The new edition of Krebs and Davies (2012) is due out in late February, 2012. I would prefer that you get that edition rather than the older 3rd edition. Email me for details.
Field Trip (February 5, 2012):
We have a field trip to Ano Nuevo to see the Elephant Seals, on Sunday, February 5th, 2012 (This date is confirmed, i.e., we have a firm reservation that cannot be changed). This is a whole day trip and is required. It costs $8 per student. We will leave at 7:15am and get back around 7pm. Please plan your schedules accordingly. Yes, this is SuperBowl Sunday, so deal with it. Yes, you have to go on this trip. If you do not go with us on Feb 5, you will have to go on your own and that will cost you close to $100 (gas, parking, park fee) if you can even get a reservation.
Handout, updated for Spring 2012
Working with Excel 2007:
This handy page helps you understand how to do things in Microsoft Excel 2007 that you knew how to do in Microsoft Excel 2003.
Behavior Project Ideas:
Critter Page: Here are some of the animals which we keep in the Department on a regular basis. Many of these make excellent subjects for behavioral experiments.
Video Tutorial (these are large files and take awhile to load)
Sample Output Basic Spreadsheet in Excel 2007 wpd pdf video tutorial Excel spreadsheet Graphing Using Excel 2007 wpd pdf video tutorial Excel spreadsheet