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Fall 2018-2019
* EEB 329   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Sensory Ecology

Mary C. Stoddard

Sensory ecology investigates how animals extract information from the physical and social environment. All animals acquire and use information, but the sensory systems involved vary dramatically. Bats echolocate. Birds see ultraviolet colors. Electric eels shock their prey. Spiders communicate chemically. How do these processes work, and why did they evolve? In this course, we explore the mechanisms and functions of animal communication. We first review the different senses, emphasizing physiology and neurobiology. We then examine how animals use sensory information in foraging, mate choice, cooperation, anti-predator defense and mimicry.

Sample reading list:
Stevens, Sensory Ecology, Behaviour and Evolution
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will be expected to read assigned textbook chapters and primary research articles before lectures and precepts. There will be several short assignments as well as a research paper (10-15 pages).

Mid Term Exam - 25%
Final Exam - 35%
Term Paper(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Problem set(s) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
EEB 211 or permission of the instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21086 L01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   66   Enrolled:30 Limit:28 Closed
21087 P01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm W   Lewis Library   134   Enrolled:13 Limit:17
21088 P02 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Lewis Library   134   Enrolled:17 Limit:19