Spring 2012

Seminar in Behavioral Ecology

Listed in: Biology, as BIOL-430

Formerly listed as: BIOL-46


Ethan J. Temeles (Section 01)


This course will explore the relationship between an animal's behavior and its social and ecological context. The topic for 2010 will be the evolution of sexual dimorphism in animals. Sexual dimorphism is widespread in animals, yet its causes remain controversial and have generated much debate. In this seminar, we will examine a variety of sexual dimorphisms in different groups of animals and consider hypotheses for how these sexual dimorphisms may have evolved. We will then consider how such hypotheses are tested in an attempt to identify the best approaches to studying the evolution of sexual dimorphisms. Then we will look at evidence that either supports or refutes various hypothesized mechanisms for the evolution of sexual dimorphisms in different animal groups. Finally, we will consider whether some mechanisms for the evolution of sexual dimorphism are more common among certain kinds of organisms (predators) than others (herbivores).  Three hours per week.Requisite:  One or more of BIOL 181, 230, 281, 321 or consent of the instructor.  Not open to first-year students. Limited to 14 students.  Spring semester.  Professor Temeles. 

If Overenrolled: Priority will be given to students who have fulfilled the requisites, starting with seniors, then juniors, etc.


Quantitative Reasoning


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Spring 2010, Spring 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2018, Fall 2019