Chapter_1_lectures_s - Slide!1!This!is!NPB!102!Animal!Behavior!Your!instructor!Tom!Hahn!is!an!associate!professor!in

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Slide 1. This is NPB 102, Animal Behavior. Your instructor, Tom Hahn, is an associate professor in NPB. I have studied various aspects of behavior ever since I was an undergraduate, and I will work a variety of examples from work in my own lab into our course. Please review the course syllabus and course description. These documents are available in the “course information” folder on the MyUCDavis website for NPB 102. I also sent them around via email to everyone on the class email list. 2. First I would like to remind all of you about the “Q” course, NPB 102Q, that is running in parallel to NPB 102 this quarter. For those of you still thinking about enrolling in it, it’s not too late to sign up. We sent email around about this course a couple of weeks ago. If you are unfamiliar with what this course is and/or have other questions about it, please contact Prof. Martin Wilson ([email protected]). The computer lab will have a TA available for guidance at the times shown on this slide, and it would be ideal if your schedule allowed you to make both of those times. However we think you should be able to do fine if you can make only one of those times. Again…enquire with Martin Wilson if you have questions. 3. Animal Behavior is one of the most fascinating and important parts of biology. It can be defined simply as the study of what animals “do.” As such, behavior represents one of the key elements of the interaction between an organism and its physical and biotic environment. Essentially every part of an organisms’ life is affected by behavior, and we will examine a wide variety in this course, including how organisms obtain food, choose places to live, communicate and interact with one another, reproduce, find their way through the environment, and coordinate all of the different things they need to do in order to survive and reproduce successfully. 4. Just to pique your interest (hopefully), I’ll touch on a couple of brief examples from work that we do in my own lab. Let’s start with an example from “feeding behavior.” One species of bird that we study is a type of songbird, specifically a finch, called a crossbill. It should be obvious from the picture here where these birds get their name. The upper bill curves downward, and the lower bill curves upward but also is deflected laterally so that it crosses either to the left or to the right of the upper bill (it is crossing to the right in this individual). Also shown on this slide are the cones of a tree called a ponderosa pine. Ponderosa pine is an example of a type of tree called a conifer – a tree that protects its seeds inside a structure called a cone. The seeds inside conifer cones such as these represent an extremely rich food resource (abundant, high in calories and nutrition), IF an animal possesses the means to obtain them efficiently. 5. There are two main things about most conifers that present challenges to animals intent on
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2009 for the course NPB 102 taught by Professor Hahn during the Winter '09 term at UC Davis.

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