Field Animal Behavior
EEB 3898: Field Animal Behavior
May Term, May 13th - 31st, 2013 MTWThF 1-4pm Torrey Life Sciences, Rm 181
Instructor: Dr. Kristiina Hurme
Office: TLS 379
Office hours: variable & flexible (call, email, drop by)
➢ 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
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)
o Field Guides (birds, mammals, insects, etc.) for New England or Eastern US
o Insect repellent (ticks, mosquitoes)
o Sunscreen, sunglasses, hat
|M 13||Course introduction and timeline; What is behavior?||M 20||Field notebooks (First Submission)||M 27||MEMORIAL DAY - NO CLASS; make observations on your own!|
|T 14||Observational methods; cricket mating; Fenton River||T 21||Individual project presentations; Paper submission (Introduction and Methods)||T 28||Survey of coastal birds / Field notebooks (Final Submission)|
|W 15||Field research techniques, hypotheses testing, study design, and data analysis; Bicentennial Pond||W 22||MIDTERM EXAM; field observations after||W 29||Project presentations and assisted work on the paper|
|Th 16||ALL DAY - Trip to Zoo in Providence, RI; Ethograms||Th 23||Individual project data collection I (Methods adjustment)||Th 30||Review session in preparation for the final; PAPER SUBMISSION (FINAL)|
|F 17||Project guidelines discussion and selection (written ideas); local observations||F 24||F 31||FINAL EXAM; Instructor evaluations|
*: Schedule is subject to change pending weather conditions, or unforeseen observation and research opportunities.
Exams: May 22nd (MIDTERM) [50 points]; May 31st (FINAL) [50 points]
Project Paper: May 21st (Intro and Methods) [30 points]; May 30th (Final) [50 points]
Project Presentations: May 21st (Intro and Methods) [20 points]; May 29th (Final) [25 points]
Field Notebook Submissions: May 20th (First) [20 points]; May 28th (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: http://www.inaturalist.org/places/connecticut#
• Eastern Forests: A field guide to birds, mammals, trees, flowers, and more. Peterson Field Guides.
• Cornell Lab of Ornithology “All About Birds”: http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds
• Connecticut Ornithological Association: http://www.ctbirding.org/index.htm
• CT Audubon Society: http://www.ctaudubon.org/
• CT Department of Environmental Protection: http://www.ct.gov/dep/site/default.asp
Website design by Diego Sustaita; Modified by Kristiina Hurme