Both undergraduates and graduates students have access to this course (only assignments will differ)
The course will focus on animal behaviour in fresh- and marine waters, and how behaviour connects to ecology, evolution, growth and survival of these species. We will start by going over the requirements and objectives of the course, and then focus on discussion on various components of animal behaviour, e.g. feeding, social behaviour, migration, reproduction behaviour and antipredator behaviour. We will have special focus on the importance of environment for animal behaviour, and how behaviour can be a shaping force for populations.
A general textbook will be read in preparation for the lectures. In addition to traditional lectures the student will have to hand-in reports/short essays, read and discuss scientific papers and write a reference-based essay on a selected topic.
The course is designed to build a strong understanding of Behavioural Ecology science, build a basic foundation for scientific writing, and encourage critical thinking.
Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
- Describe the history and key developments in the field of Behavioural ecology and discuss the topics studied today in this field.
- Outline and explain the theory behind the main concepts of the field.
- Give example of methods and techniques used in behavioural ecology research.
- Critically analyse and present a recent research in behavioural ecology.
- Connect behavioural ecology with other field of study (evolution, conservation, developmental biology, …), and understand the importance in doing so.
- Design and write up a small independent research project