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ANT 154B syllabus WQ 2011

ANT 154B syllabus WQ 2011 - ANTHROPOLOGY 154BN WINTER...

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ANTHROPOLOGY 154BN, WINTER QUARTER 2011 Primate Evolutionary Ecology Course description This course examines the ecology of primates within an evolutionary framework. We consider how environmental factors and ecological processes have shaped the anatomy, physiology, and behavior of individuals, the distributions and demographic characteristics of primate populations, and the interspecific interactions that occur within primate communities. Topics in primate and rainforest conservation biology, such as indirect interactions between organisms, population viability analysis, and nature reserve design and management, are also discussed. Lectures will cover theoretical concepts in individual, population, and community ecology, illustrate these with primate (and other vertebrate) examples, and critique empirical studies of primate ecology. Discussion sections will emphasize developing an appreciation of scientific research and inquiry in this field, through laboratory and field exercises involving data collection and analysis, and discussion of primary scientific literature. General information Lectures are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:40 to 3:00 pm in Olson Hall 207. Feel free to ask questions during the course of lecture. The instructor will also be available immediately after class to answer questions. Instructor: Andrew J. Marshall [email protected] 216 Young Hall Office hours: Mondays 1:10–3pm and by appointment Teaching Assistant: Julie Linden [email protected] 2S Young Hall (located in the basement) Office hours: Wednesdays 1–3pm When appropriate, we encourage you to contact the instructor and TA via email, which is the fastest and best way to get in touch with us. We will make every effort to respond to emails within 24 hours of receiving them, with the exception of weekends (e.g., we will respond to emails received on a Friday afternoon by the following Monday afternoon). Please limit emails to short correspondence only. If your question or concern requires a lengthy response, please visit us during our office hours or arrange another time to meet with us in person. Note that email remains on the University mail server and is considered formal course correspondence; it should be approached with due care. We will not respond to inappropriate or impolite e-mails , and please note that emails lacking subject headings or appropriate salutations are often caught up in our spam filters. Thank you for your understanding.
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