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ZOOL 343: Animal Behavior: Home

Course Professor

Dr. Shala Hankison

Professor Hankison graduated from OWU in Zoology before earning her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. Ongoing projects in the Hankison Laboratory include investigating the use of gene-based cues (MHC alleles) in mate choice in the sailfin molly (Poecilia latipinna), the influence of relatedness of behavior in mollies, and mating behaviors in both mollies and stickleback fishes. They are also investigating the role of evolution in shaping morphological structures involved in mating within mollies. Research approaches incorporate behavior observations (using state of the art analysis software), morphological methods (light and electron microscopy), and collaborating with other laboratories to incorporate molecular biological techniques (PCR sequencing and microarrays).

Course Description

This course explores the integrative nature of animal behavior, includings its developmental, genetic, physiological, ecological, and evolutionary dimensions. Laboratory sessions emphasize experimental and analytical approaches to behavioral questions. Students design and implement an in-depth, independent project.

Independent Research Project