Prerequisites: The Diversity of Life (SBS005), Evolution (SBS110), Statistical Methods in Biology (SBS020) This module will cover concepts in animal behaviour which underpin ideas about more complex behaviours, including communication, ritualisation, homeostasis, instinct and learning. Decision-making and the evolution of adaptive strategies of individuals, optimal strategy sets and habitat selection are also included. Comparative socio-ecology including sexual and kin selection, reproductive strategies and social structure is considered. You will also look at resource patchiness, predictability and productivity as determinants of individual and social behaviour.

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