TP:Biodiversity, Brains and Behavior (CS)(LAB)(TRIP)
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4cr This J-term course is an opportunity for curious students to study the ecology of tropical America while learning about the evolution of nervous systems and social behaviors. Students will learn about broad ecosystem function, ecosystem dynamics and the unique aspects of tropical rainforest and coral reef ecosystems relative to our temperate deciduous forest biome. Through exploration of the primary literature and anatomical models, students will learn the neurobiology and variations in sensory and social systems of invertebrates, lower vertebrates, primates and humans. Through field observations students will learn how to collect research data and categorize species based on physical, social and/or environmental characteristics.