Behavioural Ecology


About this course

The course Behavioural Ecology provides insight into how evolution through natural selection shapes behaviour of animals (domestic or wild, vertebrate or invertebrate). The course includes acquiring theoretical knowledge, searching scientific information, critical reading of literature, observation and presentation of results. The acquired knowledge is directly applied in a short research project on captive or wild animals - depending on the opportunities; these can be either invertebrates or vertebrates.

Learning outcomes

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:

  • Use evolutionary concepts to explain animal behaviour
  • Define and apply the four questions of Tinbergen in behavioural issues
  • Apply the basic behavioural and ecological skills of observation and (statistical) data analysis
  • Plan, perform, and finalize a small behavioural ecological research project
  • Present the results of a research project in a scientific report and oral presentation

Required prior knowledge

Mandatory Knowledge:
ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety
Assumed Knowledge:
BHE20303 Animal Behaviour (if you did not follow this course, we highly recommend the free online MOOC "introduction to Animal Behaviour": Without this background knowledge this course will be difficult.

Link to more information

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  • Start date

    12 May 2025

    • Ends
      4 July 2025
    • Term *
      Period 6
    • Location
    • Instruction language
    • Register between
      1 Jun, 00:00 - 6 Apr 2025
These offerings are valid for students of Utrecht University