Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field

1st Edition

An Hypothesis-testing Approach to the Development, Causation, Function, and Evolution of Animal Behavior

Authors: Bonnie Ploger Ken Yasukawa
Paperback ISBN: 9780125583305
eBook ISBN: 9780080506197
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd October 2002
Page Count: 472
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Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field is designed to provide a variety of exercises that engage students actively in all phases of scientific investigation, from formulating research questions through interpreting and presenting final results. It attempts to share the collective teaching expertise and experience of members of the Animal Behavior Society with all who are willing to benefit from their wisdom. Four types of exercises are presented: (1) traditional exercises in which students follow a pre-determined protocol to test particular hypotheses explicitly stated in the exercise, (2) traditional exercises that can easily be adapted to inquiry-based approaches, (3) combined pedagogy exercises that involve both traditional and inquiry approaches, and (4) inquiry exercises in which students first brainstorm to generate their own hypotheses, then design their own experiements to test their hypotheses.

Key Features

  • Supports a range of pedagogical styles and texts in animal behavior with active learning experiences that engage students
  • Students and instructors benefit from knowledge and experience of members of the Animal Behavior Society
  • Flexibility of design enables students and instrucotrs to tailor the exercises to their needs
  • Can be used to support lab courses that are completely inquiry based as well as independent student research projects in animal behavior
  • Consideration of animal care guidelines provides an excellent way to address and discuss concerns about the use of animals in teaching and research
  • Emphasizes the hypothetico-deductive approach that students have difficulty understanding and implementing
  • Supporting materials make additional required texts unnecessary and link study design considerations with real studies


Students in Animal Behavior and Behavioral Ecology. The readership of Animal Behaviour is an important audience and includes over 5000 subscribers.

Table of Contents





  1. Learning to describe and quantify animal behaviorB.J. Ploger
  2. Developing operational definitions and measuring interobserver reliability using house crickets (Acheta domesticus) T. GloverPART 3. CAUSATION
  3. Courtship, mating, and sex pheromones in the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitorE. Font and E. Desfilis
  4. Courtship and mate attraction in parasitic waspsR.W. Matthews and J.R. Matthews
  5. Chemoreception in lizardsC. O'Neil Krekorian
  6. Behavioral thermoregulation in field populations of amphibian larvaeH.H. Whiteman and N. Buschhaus
  7. Temperature dependence of the electric organ discharge in weakly electric fishG.K.H. Zupanc, J.R. Banks, G. Engler and R.C. Beason
  8. Observing and analyzing human nonverbal communicationP.L. Bernstein
  9. Foraging behavior of ants, or picnics: an ant's eye viewS.L. Halkin
  10. Hummingbird foraging patterns: experiments using artificial flowersA. Inman
  11. Honey bee foraging behaviorM.R. Richter and J.M. Keramaty
  12. Individual constancy to color by foraging honeybees P.S.M. Hill and H. WellsPART 4. DEVELOPMENT
  13. Dog training laboratory: applied animal behaviorL.L. Gillie and G.H. Waring
  14. Paternal care and its effect on maternal behavior and pup survival and development in prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster)<BR id="CR


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About the Author

Bonnie Ploger

Affiliations and Expertise

Hamline University, St. Paul, MN, U.S.A.

Ken Yasukawa

Affiliations and Expertise

Beloit College, WI, U.S.A.