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Behavioural Biology

Qualification description: 
To promote an understanding of the basic theories and concepts that behavioural ecology, socio-biology and ethology have developed to explain the evolution of animal behaviour. The participants are further expected to be able to solve a simple behavioural problem through own observations and experiments.

Course objective: 
Lectures and seminars will introduce the following topics theoretically based on the textbook and original articles: influence of genetic and environmental factors on the evolution and development of behaviour; the organisation of behaviour; communication, reproductive behaviour including sexual selection; foraging; territoriality; fighting; altruism, cooperation and sociality etc. The participants shall each present a seminar based on an original article and write an essay on a theoretical topic. In the second half of the course the students complete a practical project of own choice. Read more here.

Anoles lizard, Costa Rica, by Virginia Settepani
Anoles lizard, Costa Rica, by Virginia Settepani
Heron thermoregulating, Galapagos Islands, by Virginia Settepani
Heron thermoregulating, Galapagos Islands, by Virginia Settepani
Tabanidae fly eating a wasp, Italy, by Virginia Settepani
Tabanidae fly eating a wasp, Italy, by Virginia Settepani

Advanced behavioural ecology field course

Qualification description: 
The course addresses students in their 3rd or 4 th year which aim to improve their skills in design and analysis of field experiments in behavioral ecology. The course is well suited as a preparatory for master research.

Course objective: 
Prior to the field part students prepare 1-2 scientific papers on a given subject. In the first day a project description including hypotheses, experimental protocol and methods is formulated. In the following 5-6da ys data are collected in the field and perhaps supplementary experiments are conducted in the lab. Usually projects are done on invertebrates. Concurrently, a scientific paper is prepared including statistical analysis of the data. A short presentation of the project is given in a symposium held on the final day. Read more here.

Agelena labyrinthica, Pevestorf - Germany, by Virginia Settepani
Agelena labyrinthica, Pevestorf - Germany, by Virginia Settepani
Butterflies mating, Pevestorf - Germany, by Virginia Settepani
Butterflies mating, Pevestorf - Germany, by Virginia Settepani
Argiope with wrapped grasshopper, Pevestorf - Germany, by Virginia Settepani
Argiope with wrapped grasshopper, Pevestorf - Germany, by Virginia Settepani