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Animal Behavior: Concepts, Methods, and Applications (International Edition)

  • Structured "Scientific Process" boxes lay out studies within a scientific framework
  • "Featured Research" narratives in each chapter illustrate and support key concepts in depth
  • "Applying the Concepts" boxes show how research has been applied to solve real-world problems
  • "Toolboxes" explain essential skills in the science of animal behavior
  • "Chapter Summary and Beyond" sections at the end of each chapter summarize major concepts and cite recent papers that further develop the ideas presented in the chapter
  • Key Terms are boldfaced and listed at the end of each chapter
  • Chapter Questions give students practice in applying the chapter material
  • Explores the most important concepts in greater depth and demonstrates not only what we know about animal behavior, but how we came to know it
  • Provides extensive coverage of animal behavior research, putting the process of science front and center
  • Each chapter after the introduction includes 10-12 detailed research narratives that show the process of science (how behavior is studied) and the applications and implications of the results
  • Provides the necessary tools for students to engage in the scientific process

By: Shawn E Nordell (Author), Thomas J Valone (Author)

528 pages, colour photos, colour illustrations, tables

Oxford University Press USA

Paperback | Jan 2015 | Edition: 1 | #215319 | ISBN-13: 9780199737604
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About this book

Animal Behavior: Concepts, Methods, and Applications, International Edition, uses a conceptual approach that puts the process of science and applications front and center. The text guides students through featured research examples that strongly emphasize the process of scientific inquiry. The approach is based on the growing mandate to shift science education from rote memorization to a conceptual approach that emphasizes the nature of inquiry in science. The major concepts in each chapter are accompanied by empirical examples from diverse taxa taken directly from the primary literature. This approach immerses students in the process of animal behavior research and helps them understand how we know what we know. In addition, the text highlights real-world applications and helps students see how the science of animal behavior connects to their everyday lives.

"This is a wonderful text. It is full of clear and informative examples that highlight major concepts in animal behavior, leaving students not with a list of terms to memorize, but a better understanding of how scientists think about animal behavior more broadly." – Eric Patterson, Georgetown University

"This text covers all the major theoretical topics we teach in animal behavior and illustrates each with concrete examples from current research. More than any other, this book gives students a firm grasp of hypothesis testing and experimental process."
– Stan Braude, Washington University in St. Louis

"Animal Behavior, Second Edition, offers a completely different way of presenting material to students – it enables them to see 'science in action, ' and thus the concepts come alive, rather than appearing as dull facts to be memorized. It is very well written and engaging, and students with even the slightest interest in the field will enjoy reading it! The focus on applications and current research is especially appealing and unique."
– Miles Engell, North Carolina State University

"I was very excited to read the chapter on mating systems. I found myself more and more excited as I read through explanations of why systems existed, etc. My immediate thought was 'Students will get this!'. This book is written on a level that students can easily understand, and each chapter provides relevant and interesting examples of the concepts that it covers. The 'Scientific Process' boxes in each chapter are particularly useful, as they draw students' attention to experiments, including hypotheses, methods, results, and implications."
– Melloni Cook, University of Memphis


1: The science of aminmal behavior
2: Behavioral genetics
3: Learning and cognition
4: Communication
5: Foraging behavior
6: Antipredator behavior
7: Dispersal and migration
8: Habitat selection, territoriality, and aggression
9: Mating behavior
10: Parental care
11: Social behavior

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Shawn Nordell is Senior Associate Director for the Teaching Center at Washington University in St. Louis. Thomas Valone is Associate Chair of Biology at Saint Louis University and Director of the Reis Biological Field Station.

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