Principles of Zoology
Animal Behavior*

Graduate Student Seminars: Evolution of Sex (Fall 2017), Evolution of Beauty (Fall 2018)

Study tips for Principles of Zoology and Animal Behavior: Westerman Lecture Guide

I will be teaching Principles of Zoology (BIOL 1603) in Fall 2017

In this course I will introduce students to the diversity of animal life on our planet while discussing how different groups of animals have solved common problems, including, but not limited to: respiration, movement, perception, reproduction, and development. Students will gain a basic understanding of metazoan body plans and life histories, explore comparative zoology, and learn the biology underlying some of the most spectacular zoological oddities known today.

Syllabus (Subject to minor changes): ZoologySyllabusFall2017

I will be using Integrated Principles of Zoology, 16th Edition, by Hickman, Roberts, Keen, Eisenhower, Larson, and l’Anson.



I will be teaching Animal Behavior (BIOL 4833/5833) in the Spring 2018 semester

In this course I will use examples from a number of different animal taxa to cover a broad range of topics in animal behavior, including sensory systems, communication, cognition, foraging, competition, cooperation, defense, and sexual selection. Students will learn the basic theory underlying our understanding of different types of animal behavior, as well as gain an appreciation for the incredible diversity in foraging tactics, communication, and predator defense exhibited by animals today.

For the lab, students will work in small groups to design, execute, and analyze an animal behavior project. These guided independent group projects give students the opportunity to conduct, write up, and present a scientific experiment, expose students to the scientific writing process, and allow students to participate in a oral presentation symposium similar to those found at national conferences. Students receive ample feedback on their projects and presentations throughout the semester, to facilitate confidence, discussion, and success.

*Animal Behavior fulfills the senior writing requirement.

Different from last year: This year the lab will have a formal meeting time on Fridays, and lectures will formally be MW. There will still be independent group research projects, but the longer Friday meeting time will give us more time to discuss experimental design, handling data, reading the literature, and preparing student projects. This slight change in scheduling should increase comprehension and the sophistication of student research projects.

Syllabus (subject to minor changes due to the slightly longer meeting time on Fridays): Animal Behavior Syllabus Spring2018

I will be using Animal Behavior: An Evolutionary Approach, 10th Edition, by John Alcock


as a text. There are dramatic differences between the 9th and 10th editions, so please be sure to obtain the correct edition for the class. That being said, I will work to list the appropriate chapters for both editions.


A few examples of animal behavior:



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