Biology/Animal Behavior 356/656

Plant-Animal Interactions

The coevolution and ecology of plants and animals covering mutualisms such as pollination ecology, biotic seed dispersal,
and ant-plant interactions as well as antagonisms such as plant-invertebrate herbivore and plant-vertebrate interactions,
carnivorous plant interactions with animals, and habitat constraints on the behavioral ecology of animals. The course concludes
with an examination of the plant-animal interactions in agroecosystems in contrast to natural ecosystems.

Course Objectives:

  1. To explore the interactions of plants and animals (e.g., mutualisms, antagonisms)
  2. To understand the evolutionary and ecological ramifications of interactions
  3. To understand and practice the scientific method (laboratory/field experience)
  4. To practice communication in science (oral and written)

The Writing Program aims to develop students' mastery of written language
As a W2 course, this class will include:

1. Writing instruction
2. Support of the writing process
3. Teaching of the techniques of writing needed or expected in the discipline
4. Frequent and substantial writing
5. The use of writing assignments to teach the subject matter.

Professor Warren G. Abrahamson
David Burpee Professor of Plant Genetics
Department of Biology

Bucknell University
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

Biology Building 308/309
Phone: (570) 577-1155 - email:

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Syllabi & Schedules
Academic Honesty/Plagiarism
Class Lectures, Discussions, & Presentations
(Students enrolled in this course can access all lecture slides via Blackboard)
Research Proposals and Projects