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University Level Course Syllabi

Karen Strier, University of Wisconsin

      	Course Instructor: Karen Strier
      	Department of Anthropology
      	University of Wisconsin
      	Rm 5440 Social Sci Bldg
      	Madison, WI 53706
      	Telphone: 1-608-262-0302
      This course in primate behavioral ecology is offered through
      the Anthropology Department but interests students from a broader
      range of disciplines such as psychology, zoology, and biological
      aspects of conservation. Most students are juniors and seniors
      and have had some coursework in biology, behavior, and/or
      evolution. Enrollment has been increasing over the years from
      around 30 students to 50.
      The course can be divided into three sections (which is
      reflected in when the exams are):
      A. Taxonomy, biogeography and
      evolutionary theory
      B. Ecology, social organization, social behavior
      C. Misc: Communication & cognition, community ecology,
      and conservation.
      Anthropology 458
      Fall 1995
      Tues. & Thurs. 9:30-10:45
      Lecturer: Martha Robbins
      Phone: 262-2760
      email: (the best way to reach me)
      Office: Birge Hall, Room 434
      Office Hours: Tues & Thurs 11:00-12:00 or by appointment
      Course Description: This course will examine the social behavior of
      primates from an evolutionary and ecological perspective.
      Required Readings:
      Richard, A. Primates in Nature
      Gray, J.P. Primate Sociobiology
      Reader: available from the Social Science Copy Center
      The reader is on reserve at the Primate Center Library, 1223 Capitol
      Evaluation: There will be two in-class exams and a cumulative final
      exam (with a heavy emphasis on the final third of material covered).
      Exams will consist of multiple choice, short answer, short and long
      essay questions. Grades will be determined by the following
      EXAM 1 (October 10): 33%
      EXAM 2 (November 14): 33%
      FINAL EXAM: Saturday, December 16th, 10:05 am: 33~o
      Date Topic Readings
      9/5 Introduction Richard, Chpt. 1 p. 1-21
      9/7 What is a primate? Film: Life Richard, Chpt. 1 p. 21-39
      in the Trees
      9/12 Taxonomy Richard, Chpt. 2 p. 42-83
      9/14 Biogeography Richard, Chpt. 3 p. 95-121|
      9/19 Phylogeny & Evolutionary Andrews, 1981
      9/21 Natural Selection & Behavior Gray, Chpt. 1 p. 1-15
      Krebs & Davies, 1993, p. 1-47
      9/26 Natural Selection & Kin Gray, Chpt. 3, p. 39-43
      Selection Hrdy, 1977
      Sussman et al., 1995
      Hrdy et al., 1995
      9/28 Kin Selection: Dispersal & Gray, Chpt. 4, p. 77-101
      10/3 Reciprocal Altruism Gray, Chpt. 5, p. 123-135
      10/5 Film: Masked Monkeys
      10/10 EXAM 1
      10/12 Feeding Ecology Richard, Chpt. 4, p. 126-162
      Glander, 1977
      10/17 Feeding Ecology Richard, Chpt. 5, p. 163-205
      Ferrari, 1986
      10/19 Sexual Selection Gray, Chpt. 7, p. 193-209
      Smuts, 1987a
      10/24 Mating Systems/Social Organization Richard, Chpt. 8, 291-341
      Gray, Chpt. 3, p. 43-49
      Janson, 1986
      10/26 Female-Female Competition 
      Gray, Chpt. 8, p. 227-228, 257-272
      10/31 Male-Male Competition Gray, 228-257
      Smuts, 1987b
      11/2 Parental Behavior Gray, Chpt. 6, p. 141-154
      Luft & Altmann, 1982
      Altmann, 1992
      11/7 Sex Difference in Behavior Ghiglieri, 1987
      Smuts, 1987c
      11/9 Guest Lecturer: Strier, 1993
      Dr. Karen Strier
      11/14 EXAM 2
      11/16 Communication & Cognition Cheney & Seyfarth, 1986, 1990
      11/21 The Great Apes de Waal, 1995
      Boesch & Boesch-Achermann,
      Boesch-Achermann & Boesch,
      11/28 Primate Community Ecology: Richard, Chpt. 10 p. 384-426
      Interspecific Competition Stanford, 1995
      11/30 Primate Community Ecology: Richard, Chpt. 11 p. 427-463
      Coevolution with Plants Starin, 1993.
      12/5 Guest Lecturer: Beth Kaplin
      12/7 Primate Conservation: Problems Mittermeier & Cheney, 1987
      12/12 Primate Conservation: Solutions Wright, 1992
      12/14 Review Exercise
      Primate Behavioral Ecology
      Course Readings
      Andrews, P. 1981. Species diversity and diet in monkeys and apes during
      the Miocene. In: Primate Evolution and Human Origins, R.L. Coichon &
      J.G. Fleagle (eds), New York: Aldine Press, p. 194-204.
      Krebs, J.R. & Davies, N.B. 1993. Natural Selection, ecology, and
      behaviour. In: Introduction to Behavioral Ecology, J.R. Krebs & N.B.
      Davies (eds), Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Assoc, Inc., p. 1-23.
      Krebs, J.R. & Davies, N.B. 1993. Testing hypotheses in behaviour
      ecology. In: Introduction to Behavioral Ecology, J.R. Krebs & N.B.
      Davies (eds), Sunderland, MA: Sinauer Assoc, Inc., p. 2447.
      Hrdy, S.B. 1977. Infanticide as a primate reproductive strategy.
      American Scientist, 65: 40-49.
      Sussman, R.W., Cheverud, J.R., & T.Q. Bartlett. 1995. Infant killing
      as an evolutionary strategy: reality or myth? Evolutionary
      Anthropology, 3: 149-151.
      Hrdy, S.B., Janson, C., & C. van Schaik. 1995. Infanticide: let's not
      throw out the baby with the bathwater. Evolutionary Anthropology, 3:
      Smuts, B.B. 1987. Sexual selection and mate choice. In: Primate
      Societies, B.B. Smuts, D.L. Cheney, R.M. Seyfarth, R.W. Wrangham, &
      T.T. Struhsaker (eds), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, p.
      Glander, K.E. 1977. Poison in a monkey's garden of Eden. Natural
      History, p. 3541.
      Ferrari, S.F. 1991. Diet for a small primate. Natural History, p. 3942.
      Janson, C.H. 1986. Capuchin counterpoint. Natural History, p. 45-52.
      Strier, K.B. 1993. Menu for a monkey Natural History, p. 3442.
      Smuts, B.B. 1987. What are friends for? Natural History, p. 3645.
      Luft, J. & Altmann, J. 1982. Mother baboon. Natural History, p. 31-38.
      Altmann, J. 1992. Leading ladies. Natural History, p. 4849.
      Ghiglieri, M. 1987. War among the chimps. Discover, p. 66-76.
      Smuts, B.B. 1987. Gender, aggression, and influence. IN: Primate
      Societies, B.B. Smuts, D.L. Cheney, R.M. Seyfarth, R.W. Wrangham, &
      T.T. Struhsaker (eds), Chicago: University of Chicago Press, pp.
      Cheney, D., Seyfarth, R. & B.B. Smuts. 1986. Social relationships and
      social cognition in nonhuman primates. Science. 234: 1361-1366
      Cheney, D. & R. Seyfarth. In the minds of monkeys. Natural History, p.
      de Waal, F.B.M. 1995. Bonobo sex and society. Scientific American, 272:
      Boesch, C. & H. Boesch-Achermann. 1991. Dim forest, bright chimps.
      Natural History, p. 50-56.
      Boesch-Achermann, H. & C. Boesch. 1994. Hominization in the rainforest:
      the chimpanzee's piece of the puzzle. Evolutionary Anthropology, 3:
      Stanford, C.B. 1995. To catch a colobus. Natural History, p. 48-54.
      Starin, E.D. 1993. The kindness of strangers. Natural History, p. 4448.
      Mittermeier, R.A. & D.L. Cheney. 1987. Conservation of primates and
      their habitats. IN: Primate Societies, B.B. Smuts, D.L. Cheney, R.M.
      Seyfarth, R.W. Wrangham, & T.T. Struhsaker (eds), Chicago: University
      of Chicago Press, p. 477490.
      Wright, P.C. 1992. Primate ecology, rainforest conservation, and
      economic development: building a national park in Madagascar.
      Evolunonary Anthropology, 1(1): 25-33.