Conservation Behavior: Marine Mammals

Course Numbers: OCMB - 0995 and CZMT - 0995

Conservation Behavior, with a focus on Marine Mammal Conservation.


Conservation behavior is the application of animal behavior knowledge to solving wildlife conservation problems.  This course introduces upper level students to the relatively new discipline of Conservation Behavior and it's importance to strategies for Marine Mammal Conservation.  Concepts from ethology (Tinbergen's 4 perspectives on behavior), behavioral analysis (Skinner's matrix on how animals learn), and measuring behavior (Martin & Bateson) will be reviewed to ensure all students have the basic terminology & skills necessary for successful completion of the course.  Learning activities would include extensive reading and written reading analysis of the text and relevant journal articles, weekly quizzes focused on concepts and vocabulary, and a term paper in the form of a Conservation Behavior Species Brief on a marine mammal of the student's choice.  Prerequisites:  an undergraduate or graduate level course in animal behavior is recommended.

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Summer 2014 Syllabus