Biology 342 Fall 2016
2016 Student Websites
Scroll down for assignment
Monarch Butterfly Migration
Food Sharing in non-Kin
The Ethology of Reproductive Suppression
Green anole adventure
Bug Report - Eusociality
Manakin Mating Behaviors
Courtship and Mating Behaviors
You Should Bee Dancing; Navigation Through Movement
Bowerbirds and Bowers
Migratory Behavior in Pacific Salmonids
Arctic Turn Migration
Hybernation in Endotherms
Avian Interspecies Brood Parasitism
The Call of the Pika
Animal Behavior Websit Assignment
Student pairs will create a web site for an animal behavior of their choice. Students will comment on each other's draft website.
Website design can be a very effective means of communication. In science we use websites to advertise our own work, recruit students to our labs, convey the breadth of our research interests, discuss immature ideas, solicit collaborations, disseminate supplementary data, host databases that may be of use to other researchers in our field, organize our courses, advertise conferences, and generally communicate with scientists and the public around the world.
Students will work in pairs to design and create a website to summarize the current scientific understanding of a specific animal behavior. The summary must include information from multiple approaches that combine to describe the behavior overall. Students may use the four main areas of behavior as outlined by Tinbergen (1963), another scheme presented in the papers read during week 3, or their own scheme. Because some model organisms are more suited to specific types of research, it may be necessary to incorporate research from multiple organisms in order to discuss the all categories for the specific animal behavior. While books, websites, and newspapers may be used, the majority of the information and images that are presented should be derive from primary scientific literature and all sources must be cited (including images). When appropriate, students should include historical perspective. The completed websites will be hosted on the web with students' permission.