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Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780123725820, 9780080552767

Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior

1st Edition

Authors: Chadwick Tillberg Michael Breed Sarah Hinners
Paperback ISBN: 9780123725820
eBook ISBN: 9780080552767
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th September 2007
Page Count: 232
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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


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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.


"I particularly like the introductory chapters about conducting independent research and presenting results. I also like the appendices with information about techniques in behavioral analysis and statistics. I like the range of exercises offered and the fact that many different types of study organisms are used." --Mansfield University

"I like that it describes how to come up with independent projects in animal behavior and it has lots of feasible field studies (especially on pollination/foraging) that can be done anywhere." --Birmingham-Southern College

"I really like the way it takes students through the thought processes involved in a discovery exercise (the way I teach this course). I suggest that the statistics section also include nonparametric tests since these are used so much in behavior." --The College of Mount Saint Vincent

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