Behaviour•Behavioural ecology– The function and evolution of animalbehaviour•(plants and microbes don’t ‘behave’!)– Behaviour impacts upon survival•Eg: foraging, predator-avoidance– Behaviour can be strongly linked toreproductive success•Eg: Sexual selection, altruism
•We will consider molecular aspects ofreproduction-related behaviour– Monogamy and promiscuity– Male and female reproductive success– Sex ratio bias in offspring– Cooperative behaviour– Cheating tactics
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