The leading text in the field shows how researchers use scientific logic to study the underlying mechanisms and evolutionary bases of behavior, with emphasis on how evolutionary theory unifies the various sub disciplines within animal behavior. A comparative and integrative overview of how and why animals as diverse as insects and humans behave the way that they do, linking behaviors to the brain, genes, and hormones, as well as to the surrounding ecological and social environments.
1. An Introduction to Animal Behavior
2. The Integrative Study of Behavior
3. The Developmental and Molecular Bases of Behavior
4. The Neural Basis of Behavior
5. The Physiological and Endocrine Bases of Behavior
6. Avoiding Predators and Finding Food
7. Territoriality and Movement
8. Principles of Communication
9. Reproductive Behavior
10. Mating Systems
11. Parental Care
12. Principles of Social Evolution
13. Social Behavior and Sociality
14. Human Behavior
Dustin Rubenstein is a Professor of Ecology at Columbia University and an integrative behavioral and evolutionary ecologist who studies (1) the evolution of complex animal societies and (2) how organisms adapt to and cope with environmental change.