Lisa E Jones-Engel
BIO A 370
Origins, major evolutionary trends, and modern taxonomic relationships of the nonhuman primates. Their distribution and habitat in relation to behavioral and morphological adaptations and their status as endangered species. Prerequisite: BIO A 201. Offered: A.
This course will provide an overview of nonhuman primate behavior and ecology as well as the complex relationships that humans have with nonhuman primates. We will begin with an introduction to nonhuman primate taxonomy. We will then examine and discuss the behavioral ecology of select groups of living nonhuman primates. Thereafter, topics such as conservation, ethnoprimatology, disease transmission, field research, and the role that nonhuman primates play in different cultures around the world will be highlighted.
Student learning goals
1)A working knowledge of course related aspects of: a)Primate Taxonomy b)Behavioral ecology c)Human-nonhuman primate interface
2)The capacity to discuss and analyze major themes in current primatology as they relate to the species/genera reviewed in this course. This will include being able to read and synthesize primary literature.
3)An understanding of why conservation, ethics, and the examination of the human context play important roles in any primatological study.
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading