Courses taught at IU
Kim teaches BIOL-Z460 Animal Behavior every fall semester (junior or senior standing required, or permission of instructor). This introduction to the biological study of behavior emphasizes both internal and external factors shaping how behavior is expressed, how it’s regulated, and how it evolves. The course is a fast-paced upper-lever undergraduate science course, and students complete a scaffolded research project, which is presented at a public poster session in the last week of classes.
Every other spring, Kim teaches BIOL-Z581 Behavioral Ecology. This reading-intensive graduate seminar walks through the foundational works that led to today’s field of behavioral ecology, which seeks to understand how life history and ecology shape the evolution of behavior. Students are asked to lead the discussion on select topics, ranging from the classics (Darwin’s chapter on “Instinct”, Gould & Lewontin’s Spandrels) to sexual selection, mating systems, foraging, kin selection, and more.