BI496m Special Topics: Animal Communication; half-credit course, winter semester.
Hours of Instruction: 3 lecture hours and 2 tutorial hours per week.
Prerequisites: BI308 OR one of PS360/361/362/363
This course is an in-depth examination of information transfer between animals from the perspectives of signal characteristics, signal evolution, honesty and deception, competing interests of signallers and receivers, and communication in networks. We will also consider tools for the study of communication in natural environments.
The textbook for this course is the second edition of Principles of Animal Communication by Jack Bradbury and Sandra Vehrencamp. There will be additional readings assigned as part of the tutorials.
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