Dr. Stephanie Bogart and Dr. Kim Valenta
We will explore the central and cross-disciplinary concepts of primate behavior, which include, but are not limited to genetics, ecology, behavioral diversity, evolution, and sociality; and how these factors shape primatology as a field. This coursefurther investigatesthe interconnection of ecology and behavior, with implications for the origins of human behavior.Additionally, you will learn to create a scientific hypothesis and test it by gathering behavioral data on captive primates. Students will collect data on a primate species at the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo and analyze the data for a written and oral report. Students will gain practical skills in conducting scientific methods collecting primate behavioral data and will be guided in a step-wise process.