Ecology of Animal Behavior 2003 Syllabus Faculty Dr. William by ltq19768


									Ecology of Animal Behavior 2003 Syllabus
Dr. William Kimler, North Carolina State University
Dr. Jerry Waldvogel, Clemson University
Dr. Hal Weeks, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

LT = low tide; L = lecture/discussion; F = field work

30 June, Monday          (LT @ 0623, 0.3; 1819, 1.4) STUDENTS ARRIVE NOON FERRY

    Afternoon -          L: Fire & Water, Information (after lunch)
                         F: Island Tour and History

    Evening -            L: Introductions, course philosophy and goals

1 July, Tuesday          (LT @ 0701, 0.1; 1859, 1.3)

    Before Breakfast     F: Intertidal Tour: Exposed vs Sheltered Sides of Island

    Morning -            L: Designing field studies in behavioral ecology (WK)
                         F: Visit to Crystal Lake
                                  (Worksheet #1 - observations, questions, hypothesis generation)
                         L: Ecological Perspectives and Influences on Behavior (HW)

    Afternoon -          F: Gull colony – overview of behavior, life history and distribution (new)
                         L: “Try to See it My Way” - Sensory Perceptions - (JW)

    Evening -            F: Pavilion – heron & gull flight behavior;
                                 discussion of afternoon observations, questions
                         L: Rock Talk: Chris Glass, Division of Marine Fisheries, Conservation
                         Science Program, Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences: "Fish
                         Behavior and Fishing Gears: How to Reduce Bycatch and Discard in
                         Commercial Fishing Operations"

2 July, Wednesday        (LT @ 0739, 0.0; 1941, 1.2)

    Pre-breakfast        F: Early morning bird walk

    Morning -            F: Second Intertidal Visit (en route to Castle Rock)
                         F: Sticklebacks in Castle Rock (Worksheet #2 - study design)
                         L: Communication (JW)

    Afternoon -          F: Independent exploration for projects
                                (faculty available for consultations & mini-tours if desired)
                         L: Predators (HW) & Prey (WK)
                         F: FOOD RUN!

    Evening -            L: Cetacean ecology/whale watch preparation (HW)

3 July, Thursday         (LT @ 0820, 0.0)

    Pre-breakfast        F: Data Collection in the Intertidal - South “Beach”
                                 (Worksheet #3 - data collection; presentation)

    Morning -            L: History of behavioral ecology (WK)
                         F: Independent exploration for projects
    Afternoon -              F: Whale Watch on Jeffrey's Ledge or Stellwagon Bank

    Evening -                F: Insect Observations (WK) (weather permitting)

4 July, Friday               (LT @ 0903, -0.1)

    Morning -                F: Songbird Playback Demo (Worksheet #4 - data interpretation)
                             F: Project observations/data collection
                             L: Territoriality (WK)

    Afternoon -              F: White/Seavey Island visit – Tern Colony (NH Audubon restoration
                             L: Ecology of reproductive strategies (HW)

    Evening -                L: Video: Behavioral Inferences from the Fossil Record

                                     [VERTZ FREE WEEKEND]

5 July, Saturday             (LT @ 0949, -0.1)

    Morning -                F: Duck Island visit – Cormorant colony {REQUIRES time of R/V JMK
                             or R/V JBH}

    Afternoon -              F: Project observations/data collection
                             L: Animal Orientation (JW)

    Evening -                F: Human Orientation    [REQUIRES R/V JMK time]

6 July, Sunday               (LT @ 1038, 0.0)

    Pre-brunch -             F: Project Data Collection

    Post-brunch -            L: Lab/dorm clean-up
                             L: Evolution of Behavior (WK)
                             Group Discussion - Project Design (WK, JW, HW)

    Evening -                F: Project Data Collection
                             L: Pacific Salmon: Life history strategies and squeezing understanding
                             from what we can and cannot see (HW)

7 July, Monday               (LT @ 1130, 0.1)

    Morning -                F: Project observations/data collection

    Afternoon -              F: Project observations/data collection

    Evening -                [Time to prepare for exam]

8 July, Tuesday              (LT @ 1226, 0.2)

    Morning -                F: Project observations/data collection (or time to prepare for exam)
   Afternoon -      EXAM - DUE BEFORE DINNER!

   Evening -         L: Rock Talk: Gabrielle Nevitt, Sec of Neurobiology, Physiology and
                    Behavior, U of California at Davis:
                    "Olfactory Foraging by Procellariiform Seabirds"

9 July, Wednesday   (LT @ 1324, 0.3)

   Morning -        F: Project data collection

   Afternoon -      F: Project data collection
                    L: Animal Intelligence & Awareness (JW)
                    F: FOOD RUN!

   Evening -        L: Tips on writing project reports and giving oral presentations (all)

10 July, Thursday   (LT @ 1424, 0.3)

   Morning -        F: Projects

   Afternoon -      F: Projects

   Evening -        Discussion: Career opportunities in the marine sciences
                    {questionable advice from the unfortunate and unqualified - SML Staph}

11 July, Friday     (LT @ 1523, 0.3)

   Morning -        F: Projects

   Afternoon -      F: Projects

   Evening -        Work on oral presentations for symposium

12 July, Saturday   (LT @ 0415, -0.8; 1621, 0.2)

   Morning -        19th Annual EAB Symposium - Session I

   Afternoon -      19th Annual EAB Symposium - Session II

   Evening -        Finish writing project reports

13 July, Sunday     (LT @ 0511, -1.0; 1716, 0.2)

   Pre-brunch -     Written reports due (BEFORE BRUNCH!!)

   Afternoon -      Island & Lab cleanup

   Evening -        Farewell banquet

14 July, Monday     Departure

There will be a variety of scientific journal articles and review papers assigned and/or available
as readings for this course. These papers are intended to supplement the lectures and to
provide additional background information for doing your project (see below). They will either be
on reserve in Laighton library or available from one of the faculty. Please sign out these
materials so that we may keep track of them.

Three excellent textbooks will be available for your use in Laighton library:

1.      Alcock, J. (1998) Animal Behavior - An Evolutionary Approach (6th ed.)

2.      Krebs, J.R. and N.B. Davies (1993) An Introduction to Behavioral Ecology (3rd ed.)

3.      Martin, J. and P. Bateson (1993) Measuring Behaviour (2nd ed.)

Feel free to consult these books, and others in the library, for help in understanding lecture
material, or for assistance in developing ideas regarding your field project. There are earlier
editions of these texts that are also quite valuable. However, please do not remove them from
the library so that everyone may have equal access to these important resources.

You will take an essay-style, open-note examination a little over halfway through the course (8
July). Questions will be taken from lectures, readings and field observations covered to that
date, and will require synthesis, integration and critical thinking. The exam counts for 25% of
your grade.

A second 25% of your grade is based on several worksheets that will be assigned during the
first week of class. These worksheets are intended to help you understand the methods used by
behavioral ecologists to design field studies, and to collect, analyze and report data and
interpretations obtained from such studies. The worksheets should also help you get a feel for
the writing and analytical style we expect in your individual project reports.

Individual Field Project:
The third 25% of your grade is based on work related to a field project of your own design and
execution. You will select an organism or habitat which is readily accessible on Appledore
Island and thoroughly examine it from behavioral and ecological perspectives. Your project will
be evaluated as both a final written report (< 10 pages including tables and figures), and as a 15
minute oral presentation delivered at the end of the course during our annual Ecology of Animal
Behavior Symposium. We expect everyone to conduct an individual project. However, we will
consider two people working together on a project in order to collaborate on data collection IF it
is clear beforehand that there are distinct questions being investigated and individual reports
prepared. Please bring issues like this to our attention early in your planning process.

Personal Involvement:
The final 25% of your grade is based on the faculty's subjective evaluation of your personal
involvement in course activities. We expect everyone to participate in lecture and project design
discussions, and to become involved in all phases of the field work. If at any time you have
questions or comments about the course, please feel free to contact one of us directly. It is our
intention that you will find Shoals Lab an open and stimulating environment in which to learn
about science, animal behavior and the marine environment, and that you will also find the lab's
faculty and staff eager to help facilitate your learning. If you have any problems, suggestions, or
see something of interest during your travels around the island, please come and talk with us
about it.

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