N159: Animal Behavior is taught in Spring Quarter by Professor Georg Striedter.

Georg striedter

Dr. Georg Striedter

Prerequisite: BIO SCI N110

Course Objective:

Explores why animals behave the way they do from evolutionary/mechanistic perspectives. Considers selective pressures and evolutionary constraints that shape animal behavior and the underlying neural and hormonal mechanisms by using examples such as why dogs bark, why some birds migrate.

Sample Syllabus:

#Topic
1Introduction
2Horowitz, A., 2009. Disambiguating the “guilty look”: Salient prompts to familiar dog behavior.
3King, S.L. et al., 2013. Vocal copying of individually distinctive signature whistles in bottlenose dolphins.
4Gallup, G., 1970. Chimpanzees: Self-Recognition.
5Hauser, M.D. et al., 2001. Cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus Oedipus) fail to show mirror-guided self- exploration
6Chang, L. et al., 2015. Mirror-induced self-directed behaviors in rhesus monkeys after visual-somatosensory training.
7Wittlinger, M., 2006. The ant odometer: stepping on stilts and stumps
8Riley, J.R. et al., 2005. The flight paths of honeybees recruited by the waggle dance
9López, J.C. et al., 2000. Place and cue learning in turtles
10Brothers, J.R. & Lohmann, K.J., 2015. Evidence for geomagnetic imprinting and magnetic navigation in the natal homing of sea turtles
11Putman, N.F. et al., 2014. An inherited magnetic map guides ocean navigation in juvenile Pacific salmon
12Mora, C.V. et al., 2004. Magnetoreception and its trigeminal mediation in the homing pigeon
13MIDTERM 
14Discuss Midterm Questions and Answers
15Foà, A. et al., 2009. The orientation of lizards in a Morris water-maze: roles of the sun compass and the parietal eye
16Tsoar, A. et al., 2011. Large-scale navigational map in a mammal
17Hurly, T., 1996. Spatial memory in rufous hummingbirds: Memory for rewarded and non-rewarded sites
18Clayton, N.S. & Dickinson, A., 1998. Episodic-like memory during cache recovery by scrub jays
19Dally, J.M. et al., 2006. Food-caching western scrub-jays keep track of who was watching when
20Bird, C.D. & Emery, N.J., 2009. Insightful problem solving and creative tool modification by captive nontool-using rooks.
21Student Presentation I
22Student Presentation II
23Student Presentation III
24Student Presentation IV
25Memorial Day
26Cesar Chavez Day
27Bayern, von, A.M.P., et al., 2009. The role of experience in problem-solving and innovative tool use in crows
28Gerullis, P. & Schuster, S., 2014. Archerfish actively control the hydrodynamics of their jets
29Catania, K., 2014. The shocking predatory strike of the electric eel
30Wignall, A.E. & Taylor, P.W., 2011. Assassin bug uses aggressive mimicry to lure spider prey
31FINAL