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

CONTRIBUTORS PREFACE PART 1. INTRODUCTION PART 2. DESCRIBING BEHAVIOR 1. Learning to describe and quantify animal behavior B.J. Ploger 2. Developing operational definitions and measuring interobserver reliability using house crickets (Acheta domesticus) T. Glover PART 3. CAUSATION 3. Courtship, mating, and sex pheromones in the mealworm beetle, Tenebrio molitor E. Font and E. Desfilis 4. Courtship and mate attraction in parasitic wasps R.W. Matthews and J.R. Matthews 5. Chemoreception in lizards C. O'Neil Krekorian 6. Behavioral thermoregulation in field populations of amphibian larvae H.H. Whiteman and N. Buschhaus 7. Temperature dependence of the electric organ discharge in weakly electric fish G.K.H. Zupanc, J.R. Banks, G. Engler and R.C. Beason 8. Observing and analyzing human nonverbal communication P.L. Bernstein 9. Foraging behavior of ants, or picnics: an ant's eye view S.L. Halkin 10. Hummingbird foraging patterns: experiments using artificial flowers A. Inman 11. Honey bee foraging behavior M.R. Richter and J.M. Keramaty 12. Individual constancy to color by foraging honeybees P.S.M. Hill and H. Wells PART 4. DEVELOPMENT 13. Dog training laboratory: applied animal behavior L.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)


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