Animal Behavior is the study of the mechanisms and evolution of animal behavior. Topics include methods for the observation and quantification of behavior, natural selection and evolution of behavior, behavioral genetics, neural and physiological mechanisms of behavior, communication, aggression, sexual reproduction, parental investment, and mating systems. We will also consider human behavior in the context of what we can learn from animal behavior. How are we the same? How are we different from the rest of the animal kingdom? How do we rely on the animal kingdom to meet our needs?
The Semester at Sea voyage will provide a unique opportunity both to view animals in their natural habitats around the world but also to observe humans interactions with animals and document the impact of humans on other species.
The course is an upper-level biology elective appropriate for junior and senior biology majors and others interested in zoology, animal science, animal welfare or animal conservation. You should have at least one general biology course as a prerequisite for Animal Behavior (BZ 300).
Field WorkCountry: Myanmar (Burma)
Date: February 20, 2018
Yangon Animal Shelter February 20, 2018: Students will spend the day at the Yangon Animal shelter which has nearly 700 stray dogs and cats on 3 acres. Students will volunteer with socialization, training and grooming the shelter dogs. We will also videotape and photograph behavior of the dogs. The shelter is 1.5 hours from the ship so we will stop for dinner in downtown Yangon on the way home. Learning Objectives: 1. Observe behavior of animals in captive 2. Volunteer with training and socialization of shelter dogs 3. Gain an understanding of the difficulties of helping unwanted, un-neutered pets