Wild Sex 101: Your Guide to the Biology of Animal Sex
In this course we will take a wonderful ride across the animal kingdom, examining the various sexual strategies along the way. The strange, amazing, horrifying and downright dangerous! This course isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but it highlights many examples that I think are interesting and compelling for many different reasons. As much as I love to talk about all the fun details and trivia facts you will have upon completing this course, I am more interested in appealing to your inner scientist. I’ve included ‘thinking questions’ at the end of each lecture syllabus, which give you a chance to challenge yourself and your understanding of the material…let me know how it goes for you!
Get Ready to Get Wild
This course is exactly as described - an excellent way to learn about biology, with endless fodder for your late nite trivia games!
In this lecture I start to explore the biology of sex by introducing some terms like biological fitness, eggs and sperm. I discuss gamete value and how that ultimately plays a role in sexual activities.
I want you to channel your inner philosopher here...
I will forever be a fan of the spineless.
Sometimes the best way to have sex - is to not 'have' sex at all...
Need I say more? really?
What happens when an individual is both male and female at the same time?
trauma. stabby penises. not to be missed.
Oviposition and deceptive oviposition!
Get ready for a quiz y'all!
This quiz is based on both the introduction to the course (lectures 1-3) and also the invertebrates section.
Sex With Spines (AKA Backbones): The Vertebrates
I discuss three different modes of amphibian reproduction, and discuss over-reaching themes.
I discuss two main strategies for sexual reproduction in the vast fish world!
You guessed it! I talk about bird sex...
Reptiles - many strategies that involve deception!
Mammalian sex can be very interesting!
This one is hitting close to home! I discuss sexual strategies in our closest primate relatives.
Once you pass this one you've got the trivia, but I've also included THINKING questions for you to ponder during and after the course. Sure, it's fun to know about funny penises and ridiculous behaviors - but it's also cool to understand why these kinds of things exist in the first place!