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22_Behavioral_ecology - Behavioral Ecology Todays...

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Behavioral Ecology Today’s questions: I. What are ecology and behavioral ecology? II. What is sexual selection? III. How does sexual selection act when males compete for mates? IV. How does sexual selection act when females choose mates? V. How does kin selection work? (cell phones off, please)
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I. What are ecology and behavioral ecology? Ecology: the study of how organisms interact with their environment. Behavior: the study of what organisms do, how they do it (in terms of genetic, neuronal, and hormonal mechanisms), and why (in terms of fitness). Behavioral ecology: the study of how organisms make decisions when they interact with various aspects of their environment.
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Questions in behavioral ecology: What should I eat? Where should I live? How should I communicate? Who should I mate with? When should I cooperate?
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II. What is sexual selection? Background for addressing: Who should I mate with? Darwin wanted to explain why, in some species, males
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