At first glance, studying behaviour is easy, but as every budding ethologist realises, there are a host of complex practical, methodological and analytical questions which must be answered before any study can begin. How do you choose which species or which behaviour to study? What equipment will you need to observe and record its behaviour? How do you analyse and interpret the results? This book provides the answers in a comprehensive step-by-step introduction to ethology for all those studying animal behaviour whether in the field or lab.
Preface; 1. Introduction; Part I. Getting Started: 2. A conceptual model of animal behavior; 3. Choice of subject; 4. Reconnaissance observation; 5. Delineation of research; 6. Design of research; 7. Experimental research; Part II. Collecting the Data: 8. Data collection methods; 9. Data collection equipment; 10. Selected examples of data collection and description; Part III. Analysing the Results: 11. Introduction to statistical methods; 12. Selecting a statistical test; 13. Parametric statistical tests; 14. Nonparametric statistical tests; 15. Rates of behavior and analysis of sequences; 16. Statistical analyses for spatial orientation, time and spatial patterns; 17. Presentation and interpretation of results; Bibliography; Appendices: A. Statistical figures and tables; B. Microcomputers: an overview for ethologists by James Ha; C. Guidelines for the use of animals in research; D. Ethics in animal behavior research; Index.
'! an outstanding and ambitious volume. It should be on the shelf of everyone who wants to be a serious student of animal behaviour ! this handbook will serve for many years to come as the source book for the study of animal behaviour.' Ethology '! very useful hints and sound advice on methods, data collection and its pitfalls.' John Dover, Journal of Insect Conservation 'To anyone having an interest in insect behaviour, this text will revolutionize their capacity for observation. For those starting out on insect behaviour research projects, the text is an essential reference source.' R. L. H. Dennis, Entomologist's Gazette