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Observing Animal Behaviour: Design and Analysis of Quantitive Controls

Observing Animal Behaviour: Design and Analysis of Quantitive Controls

by Marian Stamp Dawkins
     
 

ISBN-10: 019856936X

ISBN-13: 2900198569366

Pub. Date: 12/07/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This book introduces the reader to the power of observation before, and sometimes instead of, experimental manipulation in the study of animal behaviour. It starts with simple and easily accessible methods suitable for student projects, before going on to demonstrate the possibilities that now exist for far more sophisticated analyses of observational data. At a time

Overview

This book introduces the reader to the power of observation before, and sometimes instead of, experimental manipulation in the study of animal behaviour. It starts with simple and easily accessible methods suitable for student projects, before going on to demonstrate the possibilities that now exist for far more sophisticated analyses of observational data. At a time when animal welfare considerations are attracting political as well as scientific debate, the potential for non-intrusive studies on animals is being increasingly recognized. Observation emerges as a valuable alternative approach, often yielding highly informative results in situations (such as on zoos, farms or for wild animals) where more invasive experimental techniques would be undesirable, unethical or just plain impossible. However, to justify its place alongside experimentation as a rigorous scientific method, observation needs to be just as disciplined and systematic and have just as much attention paid to project design in the way that observations are made and recorded.

Observing Animal Behaviour takes the reader through all these stages: from the initial observations, to the formulation of hypotheses, and their subsequent testing with further systematic observations. Although designed principally as a companion text for advanced undergraduate students taking courses in animal behaviour, this accessible text will be essential reading for anyone wanting to study animal behaviour using observational methods rather than experimentation, and assumes no previous knowledge of animals, statistics or scientific method. It will be of particular relevance and use to those professional researchers and consultants in thebehavioural sciences who seek a compact but comprehensive introduction to the quantitiative observation of animal behaviour. Concise, readable introduction to animal behaviour, Describes the power of quantitative observation, particularly when harnessed to modern statistical techniques, Encourages more informed project design and, by implication, improved research, Demonstrates the potential of observation as a non-invasive research tool, with positive implications for animal welfare.

About the Author:
Marian Stamp Dawkins is Head of the Animal Behavior Research Group in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900198569366
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
12/07/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
168

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
The power of observation     1
Asking the right question     14
When all you need is one     43
Three principles of observational design     52
The selective observer     72
Down to detail     89
Observing in farms, in zoos, and in the wild     110
Analysing observations     116
Further observations     125
Observing the future     136
References     146
Some random numbers     151
Power and sample size     152
Beaufort wind scale     153
Index     155

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