Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field

Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field

2nd Edition - July 19, 2021

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  • Editors: Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo, Susan Margulis
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128214107
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128224397

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Exploring Animal Behavior in Laboratory and Field, Second Edition provides a comprehensive manual on animal behavior lab activities. This new edition brings together basic research and methods, presenting applications and problem-solving techniques. It provides all the details to successfully run designed activities while also offering flexibility and ease in setup. The exercises in this volume address animal behavior at all levels, describing behavior, theory, application and communication. Each lab provides details on how to successfully run the activity while also offering flexibility to instructors. This is an important resource for students educators, researchers and practitioners who want to explore and study animal behavior. The field of animal behavior has changed dramatically in the past 15 - 20 years, including a greater use and availability of technology and statistical analysis. In addition, animal behavior has taken on a more applied role in the last decade, with a greater emphasis on conservation and applied behavior, hence the necessity for new resources on the topic.

Key Features

  • Offers an up-to-date representation of animal behavior
  • Examines ethics and approvals for the study of vertebrate animals
  • Includes contributions from a large field of expertise in the Animal Behavior Society
  • Provides a flexible resource that can be used as a laboratory manual or in a flipped classroom setting


Students and educators in animal science studies, specifically animal behavior laboratory. Researchers and practitioners in animal behavior studies, both working in laboratory and field settings

Table of Contents

  • Part I: Describing Behavior
    1. Writing Ethograms
    2. Observation and Inference
    3. Basic Methods of Observational Research
    4. Developing Hypotheses

    Part II: Theory of Behavior
    5. Evolution
    6. Sensory Systems
    7. Learning
    8. Communication
    9. Altruism
    10. Game Theory
    11. Mechanisms
    12. Development

    Part III: Application of Behavior
    13. Positive Reinforcement Training
    14. Animal Welfare
    15. Conservation Behavior
    16. Enrichment
    17. Comparative Cognition

    Part IV: Communicating Science
    18. Reading Scientific Literature
    19. IACUC and Similar Applications
    20. Writing for the Public
    21. Writing for Scientific Publications
    22. Appendices
    23. Tools for Observation and Data Collection
    24. Basic Statistics for Behavior
    25. Citations in Science

Product details

  • No. of pages: 494
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2021
  • Published: July 19, 2021
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128214107
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128224397

About the Editors

Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo

Heather Zimbler-DeLorenzo is currently an Associate Professor of Biology at Georgia State University Perimeter College. She received her PhD in Biological Sciences from Auburn University. Dr. Zimbler-DeLorenzo has been a member of the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) since 2004 and held the position as Chair of the Education Committee for ABS from 2018 to 2020.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Biology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Alfred University, NY, USA

Susan Margulis

Susan Margulis is currently a Professor and Department Chair of Animal Behavior, Ecology, Conservation, and Biology at Canisius College. Dr. Margulis received her PhD from the University of Chicago in Evolutionary Biology, presenting her thesis on the effects of inbreeding on parental behavior and reproductive success in two subspecies of the oldfield mouse. She has been a member of the Animal Behavior Society since 1980, and also serves as a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Animal Behavior Society Education Committee, EthoSource, and as a research advisor for the Gibbon Species Survival Plan.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor and Department Chair of Animal Behavior, Ecology, Conservation, and Biology, Canisius College, University of Chicago, USA

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