Introduction to Human Evolution
ANTHP102 (UG, Lower-level): This course provides an overview of the basic tenets of Biological Anthropology. Some of the major topics that will be covered include evolutionary theory, cell biology and genetics, primate biology, behavior, and conservation, primate fossil history and the human fossil and archaeological record. Class will be primarily lecture-based but also includes in-class discussion as well as a lab component. Click here for a syllabus.
Primate Behavioral Ecology
ANTHP401.79/791.53 (UG/GR, Upper-level): This course covers the science and ethical debates behind primate conservation. Humans are primates and, yet, our actions threaten the survival of many of our closest living relatives, nearly 50% of which are threatened with extinction. We will investigate the many threats to wild primates and the strategies used to protect them. As other animals and plants face similar threats, we will also rely on examples from beyond the primate world. This is a discussion-based course. It will be a mix of traditional lecture, student presentations, and class discussion. Click here for a syllabus.
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ANTHP310/794 (UG/GR, Upper-level): This course focuses on the ecology and behavior of the Order Primates (i.e., strepsirrhines, monkeys, apes and humans). We will take a comparative approach as we explore the diversity of primate habitats, diets, life histories, and communities, and will draw from basic principles of animal ecology to help us understand various aspects of primate behavior, including social and reproductive strategies, plant-animal interactions, sensory ecology and much more. Click here for a syllabus.
Molecular Methods in Primatology
This course will cover many of lab-based techniques involved in primate molecular ecology research. Topics will range from sample extraction, quantification, amplification and visualization to statistical analysis. Class will comprise both lecture-based class time and hands-on lab practicals which will allow students to learn techniques both in theory and practice. This course is in development. Check back for progress.
Field Methods in Primatology
This course will cover many of the techniques involved in primate field research. Topics will range from traditional field methods (e.g., animal counts and densities, individual identification, and methods of behavioral observation) to new and innovative developments in the field (e.g., genetics, endocrinology, isotopes, nutritional analysis). Class will be primarily lecture-based (including several guest lectures from experts in the field), and will be supplemented with class discussion, take home assignments and written reaction essays. This course is in development. Check back for progress.