Animal Behavior

1st Edition

Authors: Michael Breed Michael Breed Janice Moore Janice Moore
Paperback ISBN: 9780123725813
eBook ISBN: 9780080919928
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th February 2011
Page Count: 496
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Description

Animal Behavior uses Tinbergen’s four questions–causation, survival value, ontogeny and evolution–to formulate animal behavior and impart logic to the field of scientific inquiry.
Comprised of fifteen chapters, the book opens with a discussion of the physiological aspects of behavior and the intricacies of social behavior as they relate to individual animals’ behavior. After an introduction to evolution and animal behavior, the book discusses the physiological and genetic basis of behavior. It addresses behavioral homeostasis and different aspects of animal behavior, learning, and cognition. The book also connects animal behavior to neural processes, and it discusses the underlying mechanisms of communication. It also offers chapters about behavior ecology in relation to animal behavior, such as movement, foraging, self-defense, mating systems, nesting, parenting and territoriality, and social behavior. The book concludes with a chapter on conservation behavior.
In presenting these topics, the book offers an accessible means of studying animal behavior, major principles, mechanisms, and controversies.

Key Features

  • Provides a solid background in the neurophysiological and endocrinological bases of animal behavior as well as exceptionally strong coverage of social behavior
  • Includes behavior and homeostatic mechanisms, behavior and conservation, and behavioral aspects of disease
  • Highlights aspects of behavior that relate to domestic animals in particular
  • Lab manual with fully developed and tested laboratory exercises available for courses that have labs (http://www.elsevierdirect.com/product.jsp?isbn=9780123725820)
  • Companion site for faculty and students to enhance their learning experience at: www.elsevierdirect.com/companions/9780123725813

Readership

Intermediate and advanced undergraduate students in animal behavior courses

Table of Contents

Dedication

Preface

Chapter 1. Of Cockroaches and Wolves: Framing Animal Behavior

1.1 Introduction: Animal Behavior

1.2 Wolves: Lessons in Social Behavior

1.3 Cockroaches: Models for Animal Behavior

1.4 The Four Questions Revisited

1.5 Evolution: A Review

1.6 The Study of Animal Behavior: Where did it Come From?

1.7 Umwelt: The World in Which Animals Behave

Summary

Study Questions

Further Reading

Chapter 2. Neurobiology and Endocrinology for Animal Behaviorists

2.1 Neurobiology, Endocrinology, and Sensory Systems: An Overview

2.2 What Does an Animal Behaviorist Need to Know about Neurobiology?

2.3 What Does an Animal Behaviorist Need to Know about Endocrinology?

2.4 What Does an Animal Behaviorist Need to Know about Sensory Systems?

Summary

Study Questions

Further Reading

Chapter 3. Behavioral Genetics

3.1 Introduction: Principles of Behavioral Genetics and the Evolution of Behavior

3.2 The Nature versus Nurture Debate

3.3 Evolution and Behavior

3.4 The Behavioral Genetics Toolbox

Summary

Study Questions

Further Reading

Chapter 4. Homeostasis and Time Budgets

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Behavior and Homeostasis

4.3 Biological Clocks and Circadian Rhythms

4.4 Modern Concepts of Homeostatic Regulation

4.5 Time Budgets and Trade-Offs: Balancing Demands in How Animals Budget Their Time

Summary

Study Questions

Further Reading

Chapter 5. Learning

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Learning and Memory

5.3 Basic Models for Learning

5.4 Social Learning: Traditions and “Cultural” Transmission of Information in Animals

5.5 Play, Learning, and Development

Summary

Study Questions

Further Reading

Chapter 6. Cognition

6.1

Details

No. of pages:
496
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2012
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9780080919928
Paperback ISBN:
9780123725813

About the Author

Michael Breed

After receiving my PhD from the University of Kansas in 1977, I came to Colorado to work as a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I have been ever since. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and I teach courses in general biology, animal behavior, insect biology, and tropical biology. My research program focuses on the behavior and ecology of social insects, and I have worked on ants, bees, and wasps. I have studied the nestmate recognition, the genetics of colony defense, the behavior of defensive bees, and communication during colony defense. I was Executive Editor of Animal Behaviour from 2006-2009.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

Michael Breed

After receiving my PhD from the University of Kansas in 1977, I came to Colorado to work as a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I have been ever since. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and I teach courses in general biology, animal behavior, insect biology, and tropical biology. My research program focuses on the behavior and ecology of social insects, and I have worked on ants, bees, and wasps. I have studied the nestmate recognition, the genetics of colony defense, the behavior of defensive bees, and communication during colony defense. I was Executive Editor of Animal Behaviour from 2006-2009.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA

Janice Moore

As an undergraduate, I was inspired by parasitologist Clark P. Read to think about the ecology and evolution of parasites in new ways. I was especially excited to learn that parasites affected animal behavior, another favorite subject area. Most biologists outside the world of parasitology were not interested in parasites; they were relegated to a nether world someplace between the biology of free-living organisms and medicine. After peregrination through more than one graduate program, I completed my PhD studying parasites and behavior at the University of New Mexico. I did postdoctoral work on parasite community ecology with Dan Simberloff at Florida State University, and then accepted a faculty position at Colorado State University, where I have remained since 1983. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Biology where I teach courses in invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, and history of medicine. I study a variety of aspects of parasite ecology and host behavior ranging from behavioral fever and transmission behavior to the ecology of introduced parasite species.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Janice Moore

As an undergraduate, I was inspired by parasitologist Clark P. Read to think about the ecology and evolution of parasites in new ways. I was especially excited to learn that parasites affected animal behavior, another favorite subject area. Most biologists outside the world of parasitology were not interested in parasites; they were relegated to a nether world someplace between the biology of free-living organisms and medicine. After peregrination through more than one graduate program, I completed my PhD studying parasites and behavior at the University of New Mexico. I did postdoctoral work on parasite community ecology with Dan Simberloff at Florida State University, and then accepted a faculty position at Colorado State University, where I have remained since 1983. I am currently a Professor in the Department of Biology where I teach courses in invertebrate zoology, animal behavior, and history of medicine. I study a variety of aspects of parasite ecology and host behavior ranging from behavioral fever and transmission behavior to the ecology of introduced parasite species.

Affiliations and Expertise

Biology Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, USA

Reviews

"Breed & Moore present an accessible introduction to behaviour that simultaneously captures the dynamic nature and diversity of the field. The text is focused on functional and evolutionary approaches to questions in behaviour, addressing only the bare bones of neural, physiological and genetic mechanisms. Thorough coverage is provided of empirical and theoretical approaches to learning and cognition, cooperation and social behaviour, foraging and movement, and sexual selection and parental care. Topical and relevant areas are emphasized, such as the intersection between conservation and behaviour, and predicting behavioural responses to climate change."--Animal Behaviour 84 (2012) 289–291