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The Behavior of Animals: Mechanisms, Function and Evolution

Edited By: Johan Bolhuis and Luc-Alain Giraldeau

515 pages, Figs, tabs


Paperback | Nov 2004 | #144869 | ISBN: 0631231250
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This book draws on the work of the pioneering Dutch Ecologist, Niko Tinbergen. It addresses all four of Tinbergen's key questions: causation, development, function and evolution. Contemporary subjects such as animal welfare, conservation, neurobiology, and animal cognition are also dealt with.

If animals could speak, they would certainly express their satisfaction with Bolhuis and Giraldeau's magnificently edited volume. It shows not only how far students of animal behavior have come in understanding the exquisitely designed lives of animals, but the exciting path ahead. This book will be of interest to students of animal behavior at all levels, and especially important for graduate students snooping around for a thesis project. Marc Hauser, Harvard College Professor, author of "Wild Minds" (Holt, 2000) "Built on the solid foundations of Tinbergen's 'four questions', this lucid and comprehensive textbook will bring contemporary research in animal behaviour to life for the student." Professor Mark H Johnson, Director, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, University of London "With superb overviews of topics such as cognition, development and sexual selection from renowned experts, The Behavior of Animals is the best textbook of animal behaviour on the market." Kevin N. Laland, Royal Society University & University of St Andrews "The study of animal behavior continues to broaden as it gains scientific maturity. Bolhuis and Giraldeau capture this current in our discipline's development, imparting freshness and enthusiasm to both established and new areas of inquiry, while retaining a sense of continuity with history. Highly recommended." Professor Ron Ydenberg, Director, Centre for Wildlife Ecology, Simon Fraser University, Canada "... there is a great deal to recommend this text. It is very clearly written with a wealth of examples and cases that would stimulate the beginner into wanting to find out more. The focus on the development of the subject as well as its explanation gives it a historical perspective which puts even the most recent work into a firm context. The enthusiasm of many of the contributors shows in their work and this allows the text to stand out from the usual introduction ... this book should be seen as a major text in university courses." Dr Paul S. Ganderton, Teaching Ecology Group News, March 2005" " choice for teaching either advanced undergraduate students with a background in the life sciences and an interest in animal behaviour or a graduate-level seminar course....The Behavior of Animals should prove an engaging and challenging compendium, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of a very diverse discipline." Bennett G. Galef, Jr., Animal Behaviour, 69, 5, 1224-1225. "Bolhuis and Giraldeau have assembled an extremely impressive team to write the book, the authors being established and highly regarded experts, many of whom have carried out trail-blazing work in their chosen research field...The editors and authors of The Behaviour of Animals: Mechanisms, Function and Evolution have done us a good service by producing an excellent example of the multi-author model, which I shall certainly recommend to my undergraduate and postgraduate students." Journal of Experimental Biology, 2205-2206. "The Behavior of Animals: Mechanisms, Function, and Evolution is a highly suitable textbook [for such an upper level course,] as it exposes students and other non-experts to the cutting edge of this discipline by relying on the voices of experts and provision of good starting point references across this broad field." Dezene Huber, ISBE Newsletter, Vol. 17(2), November 2005 "The editors' aim was to create a modern textbook incorporating all the contemporary subdisciplines of behavioural biology while encompassing both functional and causal approaches, and I am very impressed with the way they have achieved this goal." Neeltje Boogert, Ethology 112 (2006)


Foreword: Robert A. Hinde, University of Cambridge1. The Study of Animal Behavior: Johan J. Bolhuis and Luc-Alain GiraldeauPart I: Mechanisms of Behavior.2. Stimulus Perception: Jorg-Peter Ewert, Universitat Kassel3. Motivation: Jerry A. Hogan, University of Toronto4. Biological Rhythms and Behavior: Ralph E. Mistlberger, Simon Fraser University, and Benjamin Rusak, QEII Health Sciences Centre5. Brain and Behavior: David F. Sherry, University of Western Ontario6. Development of Behavior: Johan J. Bolhuis7. Learning and Memory: Kimberly Kirkpatrick, University of York, and Geoffrey Hall, University of York8. Animal Cognition: Nathan Emery, University of Cambridge, and Nicola S. Clayton, University of CambridgePart II: Function and Evolution of Behavior.9. The Function of Behavior: Luc-Alain Giraldeau10. Communication: Peter K. McGregor, University of Copenhagen11. Mate Choice, Mating Systems and Sexual Selection: Anders Pape Moller, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie12. Sperm Competition and Sexual Conflict: Mark A. Elgar, University of Melbourne13. Evolution of Behavior: Michael J. Ryan, University of Texas14. Social Systems: Anne Pusey, University of MinnesotaPart III: Animal Behavior and Human Society.15. Applied Animal Behavior and Animal Welfare: David Fraser and Daniel Weary, both University of British Columbia16. Animal Behavior and Conservation Biology: Tim Caro, University of California at Davis, and John Eadie, University of California at Davis17. Human Behavior as Animal Behavior: Martin Daly, McMaster University, and Margo Wilson, McMaster UniversityGlossaryReferencesAuthor IndexSubject Index

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Johan J. Bolhuis is Professor of Behavioural Biology at Utrecht University. Luc-Alain Giraldeau is Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Quebec in Montreal.

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