This course examines the evolution, morphology, physiology, and behavior of biological defense mechanisms. From spines to chemicals to crypsis we take an in-depth look at the range in biological defense mechanisms and how scientists study and learn about them. We will first explore concepts surrounding natural selection and evolution to establish how defense mechanisms evolved across the tree of life, leading to evolutionary arms races. Then we will establish how predators search, identify, and capture prey items through establishing fundamentals in sensory biology. Finally, we will connect these to the range in biological defense mechanisms, showing how these defense mechanisms are used to elude, escape, or overcome predator interactions.
BIOLOGY490S Spring2021 Animal Defense
Spring 2021 offering; Can be used for S/F req OR ecology, but NOT BOTH!