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Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior


Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior



For animal behavior, ethology, and behavioral ecology courses, this laboratory manual 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 hypotheses 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. With fresh new ideas, Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior brings this field to life for students!

* Provides fully developed and tested laboratory 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



Publication Date





Amsterdam; Boston


Behavior and Ethology | Biology | Laboratory and Basic Science Research


Description, cover image, and reviews courtesy of Elsevier.

Subject Areas

Animal behavior -- Laboratory manuals

Author/Editor Bio

Chad Tillberg is Assistant Professor of Biology at Linfield College. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental, Population, and Organismic Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a B.A. in Biology from the University of Kansas. He completed his postdoctoral research in the Department of Animal Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Michael Breed is a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Behavioral Genetics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Sarah Hinners is a Ph.D. student and member of the Wessman Research Group, part of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder.


"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

Field and Laboratory Exercises in Animal Behavior