B1510F07_L12_behavioralecology

B1510F07_L12_behavioralecology - Georgia Tech School of...

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Biology 1510 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 Behavioral Ecology Ecology: The study of the interactions of organisms with their physical and biological environment. Population ecologists focus on what governs the dynamics of populations of a single species. Community ecologists study the interactions between populations; eg, predation and competition. Behavioral ecologists are interested in understanding the adaptive significance of “behavioral” characters.
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Biology 1510 Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 The early ethological studies The most important groundwork in the field was done by Niko Tinbergen, Karl von Frisch and Konrad Lorenz the ethologists focused on behavioral natural history, asking mainly “what?” questions Imprinting FAP
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Georgia Tech School of Biology Fall 2007 Tinbergen’s four questions 1. What is the mechanistic basis for the behavior?
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