The Field Biology of Sex
University of Virginia course description
Why is sexual reproduction so common in animals? What does it mean to be female/male? Why, and how, do sex differences develop? What does science tell us about sex differences in humans? This course will address these questions and many others using ultimate (evolutionary/ecological) and proximate (developmental/physiological) perspectives, integrating many disciplines in the pursuit of answers. The course will place a strong emphasis on methods for collecting data on a wide variety of animal species (insects, birds, reptiles, etc.) while also providing a solid conceptual foundation using group discussions, reading, and lecture. Students will also design and conduct an in-depth independent research project on a topic of their own choosing, and present their findings in a format similar to what would be used at a professional meeting.
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The Biology of Birds
Indiana University course description
Course content will provide a general overview of avian biology, including systematics, evolution, ecology, behavior, physiology, and conservation. Accordingly, one major course objective is that by increasing our knowledge we will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation for birds—their diversity, their origins, how they function and behave, and how they are an elemental part of science and society. However, the primary goal of the course is not to memorize facts about birds, but instead to learn how to think, behave, read, write, and speak like bird biologists, and, in the process, expand our ability to think critically and communicate effectively about birds in particular and biology in general.