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The discipline deals with the evolutionary approach to the behaviour of animals and their adaptation to ecological conditions. Behaviour is the most plastic strategy that animals can use to deal with their environment and the challenges imposed to survival and reproduction. Taking the evolutionary theory as a basis we explore the theory and practical knowledge on how animals deal with their environment when searching for food, competing for resources, or mating, or the decision making process in investing in offspring, or cooperation with others. All of this has large implications in the dynamics of populations in ecological systems.
2.1. Methods to test adaptations
3.1. Manage time and energy
3.2. Models of optimal foraging
5.1. Game theory and hawk-dove game
5.2. Evolutionarily stable strategies
6.1. Sexual selection and mate choice
6.2. Reproductive strategies
7.1. Evolutionary approaches to mating systems
7.2. Parental care and parental investment
8.1. Sensory systems and behaviour
8.2. The evolution of signals and recognition systems
9.1. The social gene
9.2. Ki-selection and evolution of altruism
10.1 What is cooperation
10.2 Solving the problem of cooperation
Paulo Jorge Gama Mota
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