Animal Behaviour

开始时间: 04/22/2022 持续时间: Unknown

所在平台: CourseraArchive

课程类别: 生物与生命科学

大学或机构: University of Melbourne(墨尔本大学)

授课老师: Raoul Mulder Mark Elgar


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Many of us derive inspiration from watching natural history documentaries and their astounding catalogue of wild animal behaviours.  In this course, we will explore how scientists study animal behaviour, and in particular how behaviour is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection. Topics include resource acquisition; avoiding enemies; mate choice and sexual conflict; cues, signals and communication; parental care and social behaviour; and the role of genes, hormones and learning in regulating behavioural diversity.  We draw on examples from across the animal kingdom to illustrate the complex mechanisms underlying adaptations, and complement these with natural history videos that highlight key concepts. We evaluate the scientific rigour of studies used to test theory, and highlight the often ingenious methods adopted by researchers to understand animal behaviour.


We will cover the following topics:
  • Behaviour, Ecology and Natural Selection
  • Genes, Hormones and Learning
  • Economics and Individual Decisions
  • Enemies and Evolutionary Arms Races
  • Being Territorial or Joining a Group
  • Communication
  • Courtship and Copulation
  • Family conflict
  • Social colonies



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This course will help you understand the remarkable behaviors of wild animals from an evolutionary perspective.  [Image: Peacock spider. Photo by Jürgen Otto, Manakin bird footage (Ex-Riddle of the Sexes) reproduced with permission, courtesy of BBC Worldwide Ltd]


动物行为 动物 社会行为 野生动物 行为 进化论 墨尔本大学



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