Animal Communication
Fall 2010: Biology 55-426
Lectures: Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:50
Labs: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
at 2:30-4:00 or 4:00-5:30

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Announcements

17 January - Exam viewing time
Exams will be available for viewing this Wednesday January 19 from 2:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

6 January - Unofficial grades and paper evaluations
I have posted a copy of your unoffical grades here. Many of you did better on the final than on the midterm, and this is reflected in the calculation of your final grade. If you want to see your paper evaluation, please send me an email requesting the evaluation, and make sure to include your full name and student number in the message.


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Important Dates

September 23: Seminar/paper topics due in class on sign-up sheet
October 14: Midterm (during class time; G100 and G125 Chrysler Hall North)
October 26: Paper outline due at beginning of class
November 23: Paper due at beginning of class
December 9: Final exam (12:00 PM; Location TBA)

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Course Information

Instructor:
Dr. Stéphanie Doucet
Phone: 253-3000 ext. 2727
E-mail: sdoucet AT uwindsor DOT ca
Office: Room 32 Biology Building
Office hours: Tuesdays 2:00-4:00  

Graduate Assistants:
Daniel Hanley
Phone: 253-3000 ext. 2704
E-mail: hanleyd AT uwindsor DOT ca
Office: Room 33 Biology Building
Office hours: Tuesdays 10:00-12:00

Pierre-Paul Bitton
Phone: 253-3000 ext. 2704
E-mail: bittonp AT uwindsor DOT ca
Office: Room 33 Biology Building
Office hours: Thursdays 10:00-12:00

Course Time and Location:
Lectures: Room 113 Biology Building; Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:30-9:50
Labs: Mondays (room 211 Biology Building) 2:30-4:00 or 4:00-5:30
Tuesdays (room 211 Biology Building) 2:30-4:00 or 4:00-5:30
Wednesdays (room 211 Biology Building) 2:30-4:00 or 4:00-5:30

Course Website:
http://web2.uwindsor.ca/courses/biology/sdoucet/communication.html
textbook
Textbook:
The textbook for this class is Principles of Animal Communication by Jack W. Bradbury and Sandra L. Vehrencamp (Sinauer 1998). We will also hold lab discussions based on key papers in the scientific literature.

Synopsis:
This course will cover mechanistic and evolutionary aspects of communication in vertebrates and invertebrates across four signaling modalities: visual, acoustic, chemical, and electrical. The first part of the course will review mechanisms of signal production, transmission through the environment, and perception by signal receivers for each signaling modality. The second part of the course will examine how natural and sexual selection shape the evolution of communication strategies in animals. The approach will be explicitly evolutionary, and will draw from a broad range of disciplines including physics, chemistry, ecology, psychology, and behavioural ecology.

Prerequisites:
The only prerequisite for this course is Ecology (55-210). However, students will benefit from having taken any of Animal Behaviour (55-425), Evolution (55-341), Ornithology (55-360), or Biology of Fishes (55-440).

Class format:
TThe course is designed for third and fourth year undergraduate students. For the lecture component, class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:50. Lectures will focus on material from the textbook and from the scientific literature. Lectures may be supplemented with guest lectures and videos. There will be a 1.5-hour lab session approximately every other week (see schedule on course outline). The labs will be held on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 2:30-4:00 or 4:00-5:30. During labs, students will learn how to work with animal colours and sounds. They will also participate in discussions of scientific papers, present one seminar, and discuss the seminars delivered by their classmates.

Evaluation:
Midterm (20%)
Paper outline (3%)
Scientific paper (20%)
Seminar (15%)
Lab quizzes and participation (12%)
Final exam (30%)


Lecture Schedule:

See course outline for a detailed lecture schedule.


Lab Schedule:

See course outline for a detailed lab schedule.



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Handouts

Course outline

Outline, Paper, and Seminar instructions



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Lecture Notes



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Discussion Papers and Handouts for Labs


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Last updated November 2010
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