Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior


  • Chadwick Tillberg, Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.A.
  • Michael Breed, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Sarah Hinners, University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A.

INSTRUCTORS, interested in requesting a review copy? Register at today!For animal behavior, ethology, and behavioral ecology courses, this laboratory manual is the first of its kind in this subject area that guides students through the diverse and fascinating fields of behavioral and ethological studies, employing a wide array of organisms as model systems for the study of behavior. Students participate in the development of hypothesis and turn the recording, analysis, and interpretation of data into an active and engaging process.A teacher-friendly companion website provides extensive teaching notes on the background to each lab project, tips and hints for successful project presentation, sources for studying organisms, ideas for variations in labs, and alternate study organisms. With fresh new ideas, Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior brings this field to life for students!
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Undergraduate courses in Animal Behavior, Ethology, and Behavioral Ecology.


Book information

  • Published: September 2007
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-372582-0


"I particularly like the introductory chapters about conducting independent research and presenting results. I also like the appendices with information about techniques in behavioral analysis and statistics. I like the range of exercises offered and the fact that many different types of study organisms are used." - Mansfield University "I like that it describes how to come up with independent projects in animal behavior and it has lots of feasible field studies (especially on pollination/foraging) that can be done anywhere." -Birmingham-Southern College "I really like the way it takes students through the thought processes involved in a discovery exercise (the way I teach this course). I suggest that the statistics section also include nonparametric tests since these are used so much in behavior." -The College of Mount Saint Vincent

Table of Contents

Section 1: Independent Research in Animal Behavior: Getting StartedSection 2: Field studies in animal behaviorSection 3: Laboratory studies in animal behaviorAppendicesI Techniques in animal behavior, a summary and guideII StatisticsIII A short essay on the use of vertebrates in teaching labs