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Behavioural Ecology



Course format On-site
Date 2021-01-11 - 2021-05-07

The course covers central features in behavioural ecology. Particular emphasis will be put on animal behaviour in an evolutionary perspective, but behavioural mechanisms are also important. In this context subjects discussed include interaction between individual interests, social behaviour and life history, and also the role of behavioural ecology in conservation biology. The course requires active participation from the students.

Learning outcomes


The candidate should obtain knowledge about:

  • How state-dependent decision-making affects optimal behaviour in animals
  • The current research frontiers in the evolution of cooperation and conflict
  • Central issues and controversies in current research on kin selection
  • The importance of personalities and plasticity in the evolution of behaviour


The candidate should be able to:

  • Analyse and present the primary scientific literature
  • Critically evaluate scientific claims
  • Discuss issues at the forefront of behavioural ecology research
  • Understand the central processes of the evolution of cooperation
  • Have knowledge of unsolved or controversial issues with kin selection

General competence

The candidate should be able to:

  • Discuss scientific issues at an advanced level
  • Use knowledge about behavioural ecology in relation to broader biological and evolutionary questions and issues
  • Use knowledge about behavioural ecology in relation to issues of an applied nature, for instance in relation to management


ISCED Categories

Conservation and environmental management