Animal Behavior

Animal Behavior

3rd Edition - November 24, 2021

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  • Authors: Michael Breed, Janice Moore
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195581
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128195628

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Animal Behavior, Third Edition covers animal behavior from its neurological underpinnings to the importance of behavior in conservation. The book's authors, Michael Breed and Janice Moore, bring almost 60 years of combined experience as university professors, much of that teaching animal behavior. Chapters cover this social behavior and the relationship between parasites, pathogens and behavior. Thoughtful coverage has also been given to foraging behavior, mating and parenting behavior, anti-predator behavior, and learning. The book addresses the physiological foundations of behavior in a way that is both accessible and inviting, with each chapter beginning with learning objectives and ending with thought-provoking questions. Additionally, special terms and definitions are highlighted throughout, making this book an essential work for students and academic seeking a foundation in the field.

Key Features

  • Provides a rich resource on animal science and behavior for students and professors from a wide range of life science disciplines
  • Features updated and revised chapters, with new case studies and high-definition illustrations
  • Highlights new focuses on animal welfare issues and companion animal behavior


Undergraduates in animal behavior; researchers and practitioners in animal behavior

Table of Contents

  • 1. Of Cockroaches and Wolves: Framing Animal Behavior
    2. Neurobiology and Endocrinology for Animal Behaviorists
    3. Behavioral Genetics
    4. Homeostasis and Time Budgets
    5. Learning
    6. Cognition
    7. Communication
    8. Movement
    9. Foraging
    10. Self-Defense
    11. Mating Systems
    12. Nesting, Parenting, and Territoriality
    13. Social Behavior, Cooperation, and Kinship
    14. Comparative Social Behavior
    15. Conservation and Behavior

Product details

  • No. of pages: 600
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: November 24, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128195581
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128195628

About the Authors

Michael Breed

Michael Breed
After receiving his PhD from the University of Kansas in 1977, Dr. Breed began work as a faculty member at the University of Colorado, Boulder and taught as a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology until his retirement in 2019. He taught courses in general biology, animal behavior, insect biology, and tropical biology. His research program focused on the behavior and ecology of social insects, and he worked on ants, bees, and wasps. He studied many aspects of social behavior, including nestmate recognition, division of labor, the genetics of colony defense, the behavior of defensive bees, and communication during colony defense. Dr. Breed was the Executive Editor of the scientific journals Animal Behaviour from 2006-2009 and Insectes Sociaux from 2014-2018.

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Janice Moore

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

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