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Essential Animal Behavior

ISBN: 978-1-4051-4451-3
216 pages
February 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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Essential Animal Behavior provides a comprehensive introduction to all areas of the subject: from the genetic and neurobiological control of behavior to the learning, development, and function of behavior in an evolutionary context. Social behaviour is also covered throughout the text.

Written in a concise and engaging style, this new book:
  • includes examples from both marine and terrestrial environments around the world
  • places current research alongside classic examples, and
  • puts the study of animal behavior in an applied context, emphasizing the implications for animal welfare and animal conservation.

Carefully designed to meet the needs of students coming to the subject for the first time, the book includes the following features:

  • key concept boxes
  • Focus on boxes
  • chapter summaries
  • guided reading to aid revision and further study
  • case studies and boxed examples that reinforce essential points, and
  • questions for discussion.

This book is essential reading for degree-level students following modular programs in biology, zoology, marine biology, and psychology.

An Instructor manual CD-ROM for this title is available. Please contact our Higher Education team at HigherEducation@wiley.com for more information.

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Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. Controlling Behavior: The Role Of The Nervous System.

3. The Motivation And Organization Of Behavior.

4. The Development Of Behavior.

5. Communication.

6. Foraging Behavior: Finding, Choosing, And Processing Food.

7. Avoiding Predation: Staying Alive Against The Odds.

8. Reproductive Behavior: Passing On Your Genes

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Dr Graham Scott is a biological sciences lecturer at the University of Hull. He has a diverse range of research interests and is committed to the development of teaching at university level.
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  • Coverage ranges from the genetic and neurobiological control of behavior to the learning, development, and function of behavior in an evolutionary context.
  • Includes examples from both marine and terrestrial environments around the world.
  • Social behavior is covered throughout the text.
  • Places current research alongside classic examples.
  • Puts the study of animal behavior in an applied context, emphasizing the implications of animal welfare and animal conservation.
  • Includes carefully designed features to meet the needs of students coming to the subject for the first time, such as key concept boxes, chapter summaries, guided reading to aid revision and further stugy, case studies and boxed examples to reinforce essential points and questions for discussion.
  • Essential reading for degree-level students following modular programs in biology, zoology, marine biology and psychology
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"A highly readable, well-designed, concise account of animal behaviour."
Tim Birkhead, Sheffield University, UK <!--end-->

"Scott presents a fascinating subject in an arresting manner, condensing his material but not sacrificing detail." Times Higher Education Supplement, December 2005

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