Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior

Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior

1st Edition - September 4, 2007

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  • Authors: Chadwick Tillberg, Michael Breed, Sarah Hinners
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123725820
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080552767

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Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior is an interactive laboratory manual for students in animal behavior, ethology, and behavioral ecology. It is the first of its kind in this subject area that guides students through the diverse and fascinating fields of behavioral and ethological studies, employing a wide array of organisms as model systems for the study of behavior. Students participate in the development of hypothesis and turn the recording, analysis, and interpretation of data into an active and engaging process. A teacher-friendly companion website provides extensive teaching notes on the background to each lab project, tips and hints for successful project presentation, sources for studying organisms, ideas for variations in labs, and alternate study organisms. This text is recommended for undergraduate courses in Animal Behavior, Ethology, and Behavioral Ecology.

Key Features

  • Provides fully developed and tested laboraty exercises
  • Offers both field and lab experiences- adaptable for fall, spring, or summer courses
  • Laboratories emphasize student thought and involvement in experimental design
  • Includes an online supplement to the manual for teachers


Undergraduate courses in Animal Behavior, Ethology, and Behavioral Ecology.

Table of Contents

  • Section 1: Independent Research in Animal Behavior: Getting Started
    Section 2: Field studies in animal behavior
    Section 3: Laboratory studies in animal behavior
    I Techniques in animal behavior, a summary and guide
    II Statistics
    III A short essay on the use of vertebrates in teaching labs

Product details

  • No. of pages: 232
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2007
  • Published: September 4, 2007
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780123725820
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080552767

About the Authors

Chadwick Tillberg

Affiliations and Expertise

Linfield College, McMinnville, Oregon, U.S.A.

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

Sarah Hinners

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Colorado, Boulder, U.S.A.

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