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Spring 2013-2014
* EEB 404 (STL)   na, npdf

Natural History of Mammals

Daniel I. Rubenstein


Introduction to concepts, methods, and material of comparative natural history, with African mammals as focal organisms. Perspectives include morphology, identification, evolution, ecology, behavior and conservation. Observations and experiments on a variety of species in different habitats and at a range of scales will provide insights into the adaptive value and underlying mechanistic function of mammalian adaptations. This course will be taught in Kenya at the Mpala Research Center and nearby field sites.

Sample reading list:
R.D. Estes, Behavior Guide to African Mammals (UC Press: 1992)
J. Kingdon, The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals (PU Press: 1997)
Supplementary readings,

Reading/Writing assignments:
250 pages of reading per week. Independent projects with write-ups or oral presentations.

Final Exam - 30%
Design Project - 20%
Quizzes - 10%
Oral Presentation(s) - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
EEB 211, and EEB 321. Permission of the instructor is required for non-EEB majors. Open to students enrolled in the field semester in Kenya..

Other information:
Class field trips and experiments 6 days per week. The goal is appreciation of how these spectacular vertebrates have evolved in response to, and impact, features of their environment. Combinations of individual and group projects will teach students how to design and carryout original scientific research. Assessment will involve oral presentations, essays and reports.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41043 L01 TBA        Enrolled:9 Limit:12
41044 B01 TBA        Enrolled:9 Limit:12