Fear, Fleeing, and Fighting: The Evolution of Antipredator Defenses in Mammals

A Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Seminar by Ted Stankowich, Department of Biology, California State University – Long Beach

Wednesday, June 05, 2013
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
2320 Life Sciences Building


Predation, or the threat of predation, has profoundly influenced the behavioral and morphological evolution of many animal species and provides an exciting theoretical system in which to ask important questions about broad evolutionary processes.  This talk will focus on how selection due to predation shapes the evolution of adaptive behavioral and morphological defenses, which buffer the full force of selection, and favors individuals that can accurately assess and manipulate opponents behaviorally.  Discussions will include the evolution of predator recognition ability under relaxed selection and the evolution of defensive weaponry like horns and noxious sprays and bold, aposematic coloration.

Host: Dan Blumstein

Refreshments will be served at 11:40 a.m.





Sponsor(s): Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology