ANTH 233:  PRIMATES
SPRING 201
6

Instructor:  Barbara Welker                                                            Office hours:  Tu & Th 12-1:00, W 3-4:00

Telephone:  245-5204 or email:  welker@geneseo.edu               Office:  152 Bailey OR Lab:  152 Bailey

 

This course is an in-depth examination of the order Primates.  Students will learn about the non-human primates of the world through lectures, assigned readings, films, and independent projects.  Topics to be covered are primate evolution, taxonomy, ecology, behavior, social organization/group life, cognition, and research.

 

Learning outcomes:

STUDENTS WILL:

1.  demonstrate their knowledge of the taxonomy of the order Primates, early in the semester, by completion of an exam specifically designed to assess their proficiency.

2.  become visually familiar with a minimum of 75% of the genera within the order via slides and films and will demonstrate their knowledge via a visual practical exam.

3.  demonstrate their knowledge of primate evolution, behavior, and ecology during three written exams.  Lectures, films, readings, and student presentations will prepare students for exams.

4.  become familiar with fieldwork and primate research through reading and discussing the Strum and van Schaik monographs as well as the Strier text.

5.  gain additional knowledge in a primate genus of their choice, by conducting an independent research project.  They will demonstrate what they have learned and their command of the topic via a formal research presentation.  Those presentations will help hone their speaking/teaching skills.

6.  After completing this course, students will be ready for advanced studies in primate behavior and fieldwork.

 

Textbooks:

1.  Strier K.B. (3rd or 4th edition) Primate behavioral ecology. MA: Allyn & Bacon.

2.  Strum S.C. (1987) Almost human.  NY:  W.W. Norton & Co.

3.  Harcourt A.H. and K.J. Stewart (2007) Gorilla society: Conflict, compromise, and cooperation between the

     sexes. University of Chicago Press.

 

Course requirements: 

3 written exams (25% each)

Research project:  Presentation (10%) and Genus outline (10%)

Discussion participation and “TOPICS” (5%)

 

Written exams consist of multiple choice, short answer, and short essay questions.  They are non-cumulative.  Of special note:

            Exam 1 – In addition to lectures and readings, students must memorize primate taxonomy down to

            the family level, with the exception of subfamily level in Old World monkeys and tribe level in

            apes

            Exam 2 – Students must be able to recognize slides of species (choice involved) as well as

            remember associated characteristics

            Exam 3 – open book portion, therefore Strier text is mandatory

 

Participation grade will be based on classroom and discussion participation and submitted “TOPICS” in relation to the Strum and van Schaik monographs.

 

-PRESENTATIONS MUST BE ON MY COMPUTER ≤1hr BEFORE CLASS BEGINS – YOU MUST PUT THEM IN MY INBOX, SEND THEM VIA EMAIL, or UPLOAD THEM VIA A THUMBDRIVE DURING MY OFFICE HOUR – IF CLASS GETS HELD UP BECAUSE YOUR TALK IS NOT YET ON MY COMPUTER YOU WILL LOSE 25%

-OUTLINES ARE DUE ON THE DAY OF YOUR PRESENTATION

Presentation/genus outline:  Each student will research a primate genus of their choice.  You must choose a genus that contains a minimum of 2 species.  A minimum of 10 different & current (1) professional journal articles, (2) chapters from edited volumes, and/or (3) monographs (textbooks and/or course-assigned books do not count) need to be consulted for both the presentation and outline.  A good starting point is Campbell et al.’s Primates in Perspective, 2nd ed. (on reserve).  You will find plenty of references to research in the relevant chapters.  Websites and popular magazines can be used but they must be in addition to the 10 required sources.  References need to be cited throughout the outline.  Students are expected to deliver a well-researched and organized fifteen minute presentation based upon their research.  Outlines should be typed and must adhere to the following section.  They are, on average, 7-10 pages long.  Bibliographies must conform to AJPA format (see mycourses). 

 

Comprehensive overview (in Outline form) of “everything” we know in relation to:

All species & physical descriptions                  Life history characteristics / Growth and development

Geographic distribution of all species              Mating pattern and Social organization

Specific habitat characteristics                        Interesting aspects of anatomy, physiology, behavior,

Diet / foraging strategies                                  ecology, and/or evolution

Locomotion                                                       Research projects of interest

 

Please note:  SUNY Geneseo will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented physical, emotional, or cognitive disabilities.  Accommodations will also be made for medical conditions related to pregnancy or parenting.  Students should contact Dean Buggie-Hunt in the Office of Disability Services (tbuggieh@geneseo.edu or 585-245-5112) and their faculty to discuss needed accommodations as early as possible in the semester.

 

                                                            TOPICS

Week  Date                                        Topic                                                                          Reading Assignment

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1          1/19     Introduction & presentation sign-up

            1/21     Film: “People of the Forest” (90min)                                                                          1

2          1/26     What are primates?                                                                                                  12

            1/28     Film: “Primates of the World”                                                                                      2

3          2/2       Primate evolution                                                                                                        3

            2/4       Begin Primate ecology & Film: “Survey of the primates”                                          10

4          2/9       Finish Primate ecology                                                                                               6

            2/11     Locomotion, & Film: "A Life in the Trees"                                                                  11

5          2/16     Primate social organization and Strum discussion                                          4 and Strum 1-127

            2/18     3 presentations, and Strum discussion                                                           5 & Strum 128-260

6          2/23     EXAM 1 Room TBA

            2/25     Prosimians

7          3/1       1 presentation & Film: “The Living Edens: Madagascar” (60min)

            3/3       Start New World monkeys and 2 presentation         

8          3/8       1 presentations, & Film: “Three Monkeys”

            3/10     Finish New World monkeys & 2 presentations                    

9     3/15-17     SPRING BREAK

10        3/22     4 presentations & film: “The Langurs of Abu” (15min)

            3/24     Begin OW Monkeys & 2 presentations

11        3/29     1 presentation & Film: “Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-La” (53min)

            3/31     Finish OW Monkeys & 2 presentations

12        4/5       1 presentation & Film: “Snow Monkeys” (60min)

            4/7       Apes and 3 presentations

13        4/12     EXAM 2 Room TBA 

            4/14     Pregnancy, lactation, & mother-infant relations

14        4/19     G.R.E.A.T. Day

            4/21     3 presentations and discussion                                                                       Harcourt and Stewart 1-***

15        4/26     Growing up social & 2 presentations                                                               7,8

            4/28     Within-group relations & 2 presentations                                                         Harcourt and Stewart ***

            5/3       Finish lecture material & discussion                                                                 Harcourt and Stewart ***

 

Monday 5/9    FINAL EXAM 12-2:30