This is course is a synthesis of comparative psychology and ethology. As the
name of the course implies, the student will study the behavior of animals.
The student will first be introduced to the roles that evolution, genetics and
neurophysiology play on behavior. Next the student will study specific areas
in animal behavior -- migration, sexual behavior, communication, dominance,
territoriality, predator x prey interactions, social behavior, sociobiology
and behavioral ecology.
The student will work with a variety of small animals (fish, insects and lizards)
studying such behaviors as -- dominance, aggression, territoriality, displays,
grooming, predator x prey interactions, social and sexual behavior. Students
will also conduct field studies at the Atlanta Outdoor Activity Center and at
Zoo Atlanta. In addition, the human animal will be studied under field and laboratory
The primary objective is to enhance the student's laboratory, and observational
The second major objective is to improve the student's research design, problem
solving and analytical skills.
Summer of 96, Ecuador