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PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE (Anth. 406. Intro Level)
Robert Sussman, Washington University


PRIMATE ECOLOGY AND SOCIAL STRUCTURE (Anth. 406. Intro Level)
      
	Course Instructor:
      	Robert Sussman
      	Department of Anthropology
      	Washington University
      	St. Louis, MO 63130
      	USA
      	Telephone: 1-212-960-8478
      	Email: kbsic@cunyvm.bitnet
      
      (Fall, 1995)
      
      Text:
      
      R.W. Sussman
      Office Hours:
      MW 11-12 and by appointment
      
      Sussman, R.W., 1989. Primate Ecoloqy and Social Structure, in prep,
      McGraw Hill, New York
      
      Fleagle, J ., 1989. Primate Adaptation and Evolution (optional)
      
      
      Grading:
      
      Two-1 hour exams (100 points each)
      
      Outline of Course:
      
      I. General Principles of Ecology - An Overview (Aug. 23 - Sept. 4)
      
      Ecosystems and their major components
      Ecological energetics
      Some ecological "laws"
      Population interactions
      Population regulating mechanisms
      Coevolution and guilds
      Relationships between ecology, behavior, and social structure
      
      Il. Taxonomy and Distribution of the Primates (Sept. 6 - Sept. 22)
      
      Present status and distribution of primates
      What is a primate? Taxonomy
      Overview of primate social structure in relation to ecology
      
      Ill. Survey of Primate Ecology and Behavior and Field Methods
      
      A. Studies on Nocturnal Primates (Sept. 25-Oct. 6)
      
      Methods of collecting data
      Bioenergetics and the principle of competitive exclusion
      Population estimation and the determination of social structure
      Studies of diurnal prosimians
      Habitat preferences and the competitive exclusion principle
      Studies of 2 species in one environment and one species in 2
      environments
      Methods of collecting data which allows comparison between species and
      between studies
      
      B. Studies on arboreal Primates (Oct. 9 - Oct. 23)
      
      New World arboreal Monkeys
      Callithricidae: A newly defined ecological role
      Five species of South American monkeys - community ecology
      Social structure of South American monkeys
      
      C. Old World Arboreal Monkeys (Oct. 25 - Nov. 6)
      
      African folivores
      Polyspecific associations
      
      D. Controversies and Comparisons in Terrestrial Primate Studies (Nov.
      8 - Nov. 13)
      
      The "typical" terrestrial primate and the models of how he uses his
      habitat
      Problems with this model
      Other primate terrestrial adaptations
      Problems with statistical methods in studies of terrestrial primates
      
      E. The Anthropoid Apes (Nov. 15 - Dec. 6)
      
      Are there recognizable primate foraging guilds?
      Is there a relationship and can we find it?
      Review of some of the theories
      Ecology and social structure of apes and man
      
      
      
      
      Anthropology 406
      
      OUTLINE OF LECTURES
      
      Aug. 23 Syllabus - Trophic System
      25* Ecological Interactions
      28 Laws of Tolerance
      30 Population Interaction
      Sept.1 * Portrait of a Tree (Film)
      4 Holiday
      6 Primate Taxonomy
      8* Slides
      11 Slides
      13 What is a Primate - Adaptations
      15* Life in the Trees (Film)
      18 Arboreal Theory
      20 Open
      22* Island of the Moon (Film)
      25 Nocturnal Prosimians- Ecology
      27 Nocturnal Prosimians - Social Organization
      29* Lemur Film
      Oct. 2 Mad. Primates
      4 Case Study - Sympatric Lemurs
      6* Lemurs again
      9 New World Monkeys - Overview
      11 Callitrichidae
      13* Fall Break
      16 Five New World Monkeys
      18 Cebidae
      20 * Exam
      23 Cebidae - Social Organization
      25 Old World Monkeys - Overview
      27 * Film
      30 Interspecific Interactions
      Nov. 1 Continued
      3* Asian Monkeys
      6 Asian Monkeys
      8 Ground Species Social Organization
      10* Baboon Social Organization (Film)
      13 Ground Species Social Organization
      15 Great Apes - African
      17 * Film
      20 Open
      22-24* Holiday
      27 Great Apes - Asian
      29 Great Apes - Open
      Dec. 1 * In Search of Great Apes *
      4 Great Apes - Social Organization
      6 Review