Field Animal Behavior

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| M 12 || Course introduction and timeline; What is behavior?  || M 20||  Bicentennial Pond; Field notebooks (First Submission)  
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| T 14 || Observational methods; cricket mating; Cemetery and W lot pond
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| T 13 || Observational methods; cricket mating; Cemetery and W lot pond
  || T 21 || '''Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods)'''; exam review
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  || T 20 || '''Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods)'''; exam review
  || T 28 || '''Leave at noon'''- Coastal fiddler crabs / Field notebooks (Final Submission)  
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| W 15 || Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis; local observations
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| W 14 || Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis; local observations
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|| W 21 || '''MIDTERM EXAM'''; field observations after  
|| W 29 || '''Project presentations''' and assisted work on the paper
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| Th 16 ||  '''Leave at 10am''' - Trip to Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT; Ethograms
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| Th 15 ||  '''Leave at 10am''' - Trip to Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT; Ethograms
  
  || Th 23 || Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment)  
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  || Th 22 || Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment)  
  
|| Th 30 || Review session in preparation for the final; '''PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)'''
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|| Th 29 || Review session in preparation for the final; '''PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)'''
 
   
 
   
 
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| F 17 ||  Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas); Fenton River
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Exams:
 
Exams:
May 22nd (MIDTERM) [50 points];
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May 21st (MIDTERM) [50 points];
May 31st (FINAL) [50 points]
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May 30th (FINAL) [50 points]
  
  
 
Project Paper:
 
Project Paper:
May 21st (Intro and Methods) [30 points];
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May 20th (Intro and Methods) [30 points];
May 30th (Final) [50 points]
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May 29th (Final) [50 points]
  
  
 
Project Presentations:
 
Project Presentations:
May 21st (Intro and Methods) [20 points];
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May 20th (Intro and Methods) [20 points];
May 29th (Final) [25 points]
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May 28th (Final) [25 points]
  
  
 
Field Notebook Submissions:
 
Field Notebook Submissions:
May 20th (First) [20 points];
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May 19th (First) [20 points];
May 28th (Final) [25 points]
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May 27th (Final) [25 points]
  
  

Revision as of 11:40, 13 March 2014

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EEB 3898: Field Animal Behavior

May Term, May 12th - 30th, 2014 MTWThF 9am-12pm Torrey Life Sciences, Rm 313

Instructor: Dr. Kristiina Hurme

Office: TLS 379

Phone: 860-486-5434

Office hours: variable & flexible (call, email, drop by)


Course Objectives

➢ Learn how to observe animal behavior

➢ Notice animal behavior in our daily lives

➢ Learn how to take field notes

➢ Learn and apply basic field techniques, study design, and data analysis

➢ Develop a research project

➢ Improve collaboration skills


Course Materials

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• Required

o Binoculars (available from us if you don’t have any)

o Field notepad/notebook

o Watch with countdown timer that beeps

o Closed-toe shoes (no sandals) or hiking boots, & proper outdoor clothing (poison ivy, weather)

• Recommended

o Field Guides (birds, mammals, insects, etc.) for New England or Eastern US

o Camera

o Insect repellent (ticks, mosquitoes)

o Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat


Tentative* schedule

Day Topic Day Topic Day Topic
M 12 Course introduction and timeline; What is behavior? M 20 Bicentennial Pond; Field notebooks (First Submission) M 26 MEMORIAL DAY - NO CLASS; make observations on your own!
T 13 Observational methods; cricket mating; Cemetery and W lot pond T 20 Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods); exam review T 27 Leave at noon- Coastal fiddler crabs / Field notebooks (Final Submission)
W 14 Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis; local observations W 21 MIDTERM EXAM; field observations after W 28 Project presentations and assisted work on the paper
Th 15 Leave at 10am - Trip to Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport, CT; Ethograms Th 22 Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment) Th 29 Review session in preparation for the final; PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)
F 16 Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas); Fenton River F 23 Individual project data collection II F 30 FINAL EXAM; Instructor evaluations

*: Schedule is subject to change pending weather conditions, or unforeseen observation and research opportunities.


Grading

Exams: May 21st (MIDTERM) [50 points]; May 30th (FINAL) [50 points]


Project Paper: May 20th (Intro and Methods) [30 points]; May 29th (Final) [50 points]


Project Presentations: May 20th (Intro and Methods) [20 points]; May 28th (Final) [25 points]


Field Notebook Submissions: May 19th (First) [20 points]; May 27th (Final) [25 points]


iNaturalist submissions: 2+ observations/day = 30 obs. [15 points];


5 min observations: 10 x 2 points [20 points]


Ethograms: 3 x 5 points [15 points]


Field trips = Behavioral observations (5 points each): Dates will be weather dependent [30 points]


Total: [350 points]


Grading scale: A = 100-90%, B = 89-80%, C = 79-70%, D = 69-60%, F = 59-0%. Plus/minus system will be used for the final grade.


Additional References & Websites

• Alcock, J (2001). Animal Behavior - An Evolutionary Approach (7th ed.). Sinauer Associates Inc. Publishers.

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

• Martin, J. and P. Bateson (1993). Measuring Behaviour (2nd ed.). Cambridge University Press.

iNaturalist

• Eastern Forests: A field guide to birds, mammals, trees, flowers, and more. Peterson Field Guides.

Peregrine Falcon webcam

Osprey webcam


Website design by Diego Sustaita; Modified by Kristiina Hurme

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