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Many of us derive inspiration from watching natural history documentaries and their astounding catalogue of wild animal behaviours.  In this course, we will explore how scientists study animal behaviour, and in particular how behaviour is shaped by the evolutionary forces of natural and sexual selection. Topics include resource acquisition; avoiding enemies; mate choice and sexual conflict; cues, signals and communication; parental care and social behaviour; and the role of genes, environments and learning in regulating behavioural diversity.  We draw on examples from across the animal kingdom to illustrate the complex mechanisms underlying adaptations, and complement these with natural history videos that highlight key concepts. We evaluate the scientific rigour of studies used to test theory, and highlight the often ingenious methods adopted by researchers to understand animal behaviour. This course will help you understand the remarkable behaviours of wild animals from an evolutionary perspective.  [Image: Peacock spider. Photo by Jürgen Otto, Manakin bird footage (Ex-Riddle of the Sexes) reproduced with permission, courtesy of BBC Worldwide Ltd]...
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3 horas para concluir

Introduction to animal behaviour

In week one of the course, we will introduce the topic of animal behaviour from an evolutionary perspective and explain the importance of asking the right questions about what, how or why animals are behaving. You will learn how to differentiate between proximate and ultimate causes of behaviour and discover some of the methods researchers employ to answer questions about behaviour scientifically. These lectures will form the foundation for topics to come in the later weeks, so please take the time to watch them. ...
Reading
5 vídeos (Total de 62 min), 3 leituras, 1 teste
Video5 videos
2. Asking the right questions13min
3. Correlation, experimentation and comparison14min
4. Tools for studying behaviour15min
5. Natural selection and behavioural adaptations14min
Reading3 leituras
Start of course survey10min
Week one outline5min
Week one resourcesmin
Quiz1 exercício prático
Week one quiz - practice20min

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2 horas para concluir

Genes, environments and learning

In week two of the course, we explore the developmental basis of behaviour, focussing on the roles that genes and the environment play in shaping behaviour. Because all behaviours are the product of interactions between genes and the environment, the oft-used term "Nature or Nurture" is unhelpful - there is no such thing as a behaviour that is purely genetically or environmentally determined. The interplay between variable genes and a variable environment helps explain behavioural variation: depending on how and when they interact, different outcomes are possible. Learning provides animals with a mechanism to adjust behaviour adaptively based on experience...
Reading
3 vídeos (Total de 46 min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
Video3 videos
2. How do genetic and environmental influences shape behaviour?18min
3. Learning behaviour17min
Reading2 leituras
Week two outline10min
Week two resourcesmin
Quiz1 exercício prático
Week 2 quiz - graded20min

3

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3 horas para concluir

Finding food and avoiding predators

Week three of the course will look at factors that influence how individuals make decisions as they go about their day to day lives, particularly around finding food and avoiding predators. We will introduce the use of mathematical models for predicting how animals will behave under certain circumstances. We also consider how interactions between predators and prey can lead to co-evolutionary 'arms races'....
Reading
6 vídeos (Total de 93 min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
Video6 videos
2. Foraging and optimality11min
3. Resource Competition22min
4. Animal contests & game theory19min
5. Anti-predator behaviour12min
6. Predators vs prey: evolutionary arms races14min
Reading2 leituras
Week three outline10min
Week three resourcesmin
Quiz1 exercício prático
Week three quiz - graded20min

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3 horas para concluir

Communication

This week, we consider the topic of animal communication. We explore some of the different modalities (visual, auditory, olfactory, electrosensory and tactile) animals use to communicate with each other, and the abiotic (structural) and biotic (predators, parasites) challenges animals face in transmitting their signals. We discuss the difference between signals and cues, and reflect on under what circumstances natural selection might favour signals that are honest or deceptive....
Reading
5 vídeos (Total de 69 min), 2 leituras, 1 teste
Video5 videos
2. Communication and signal design16min
3. Signal reliability - what keeps signals honest?13min
4. Deceptive signals: mimicry and sensory exploitation13min
5. Eavesdropping13min
Reading2 leituras
Week four outline10min
Week four resourcesmin
Quiz1 exercício prático
Week four quiz - graded20min

Instrutores

Raoul Mulder

Associate Professor

Mark Elgar

Professor of Evolutionary Biology
Department of Zoology

Sobre The University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is an internationally recognised research intensive University with a strong tradition of excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement. Established in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest University....

Perguntas Frequentes – FAQ

  • Once you enroll for a Certificate, you’ll have access to all videos, quizzes, and programming assignments (if applicable). Peer review assignments can only be submitted and reviewed once your session has begun. If you choose to explore the course without purchasing, you may not be able to access certain assignments.

  • When you purchase a Certificate you get access to all course materials, including graded assignments. Upon completing the course, your electronic Certificate will be added to your Accomplishments page - from there, you can print your Certificate or add it to your LinkedIn profile. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free.

  • No. The course deals with wild animals in their natural environment.

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