Cross Listed as BIOL209
Animal communication systems come in as many varieties as the species that use them. What they have in common are a sender that encodes information into a physical signal and a receiver that senses the signal, extracts the information, and adjusts its subsequent behavior accordingly. This tutorial will consider all aspects of communication, using different animal systems to explore different aspects of the biology of signaling. Topics will include the use of syntax to carry meaning in chickadee calls, the "piracy" of signaling system by fireflies, statements of identity and affiliation in the form of toothed whales' signature whistles, long-distance chemical attractants that allow male moths to find the object of their desire, and cultural evolution within learned signaling systems.
Class Format: tutorial
Requirements/Evaluation: evaluation will be based on five 5-page papers, five short response papers, & the student's effectiveness in tutorial presentations.
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Prerequisites: BIOL 101 and BIOL212/PSYC212/NSCI201; open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
Enrollment Preference: Biology majors and senior Neuroscience concentrators who need a Biology elective to complete the concentration
Department Notes: satisfies the distribution requirement in the Biology major
Material and Lab Fees:
Divisional Attributes: Division III, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: COGS Related Courses, NSCI Group A Electives
Enrollment Limit: 10
Expected Enrollment: 10
Class Number: 1136
|NSCI209-T1(F) TUT Animal Communication (W)||Heather Williams