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Ploger, B.J. and Yasukawa, K. (eds).  2003. Exploring animal behavior in laboratory and field: an hypothesis-testing approach to the development, causation, function, and evolution of animal behavior.  San Diego: Academic Press.


In general, this looks like it would be a very useful book for anyone teaching a laboratory course in animal behavior or behavioral ecology. All of the labs have been peer-reviewed. Most of the exercises have teacher-defined experiments to try, and then most have additional suggestions for guiding independent / small group experiments that are an extension of the basic exercise described. Many also include sample data sheets and suggestions for discussion questions. Most of the labs described have an evolutionary application. There is an accompanying teacher’s guide for this manual as well (Teaching animal behavior in the laboratory and field . . . ).

Exercises with evolutionary applications (numbers indicate chapters):


10. Hummingbird Foraging Patterns: Experiments Using Artificial Flowers (Inman).

14. Paternal Care and Its Effects on Maternal Behavior and Pup Survival and
Development in Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster) (McGuire)

17. Aggregation and Kin Recognition in African Clawed Frogs (Anderson & Ploger)

19. Found A Peanut: Foraging Decisions by Squirrels (Halkin)

20. Economic Decisions and Foraging Trade-offs in Chickadees (Mumme)

21. Seed Selection by Foraging Birds (Richter, Halstead & Savastano)

22. Competitive Behavior of Birds at Feeders (Mostrom)

23. Vigilance and the Group-size Effect: Observing Behavior in Humans (Schieb,
Cody, Clayton & Montgomerie)

25. Diving and Skating in Whirligig Beetles: Alternative Antipredator Responses (Inman
& Houtman)

26. The Response of Tree Squirrels to Conspecific and Heterospecific Alarm Calls
(Houtman)

27. Competition for Breeding Resources by Burying Beetles (Scott)

29. Costs and Benefits of Maternal Care in Earwigs (Mumme, Palmer & Rankin)

30. Vocal Behavior and Mating Tactics of the Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer): A
Field Exercise in Animal Behavior (Forester)

31. The Role of Multiple Male Characters in Mate Choice by Female Guppies (Poecilia
reticulata) (Albrecht)

32. Investigating Human Mate Choice Using the Want Ads (Crowe)

33. Demonstrating Strategies for Solving the Prisoner’s Dilemma (Morgan)

34. Using Empirical Games to Teach Animal Behavior (Stoddard)

35. The Evolution of Behavior: A Phylogenetic Approach (Yasukawa)

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