This blog provides stories about animal behaviour and links to the best of science and natural history writing and videos of animals behaving. I’m a zoologist working on animal behaviour. I’ll be sharing the things that catch my eye.
From hovering hummingbirds to meerkats standing sentry, how animals behave is crucial to their survival and reproduction. Today, the study of animal behaviour is being revolutionized by new molecular tools such as DNA fingerprinting and genomics. Combining these with the traditional methods of observation and experiments allows us to learn more about animal behaviour than ever before.
“Birds do it. Bees do it. Educated fleas? Yes, them too. But how do they pick their partners, or convince one another to do it with them? And after they do it, what comes next?
All this, of course, is fair game for those who study animal behavior, as well as a wide range of other interesting subjects that Tristram D. Wyatt presents in his new Animal Behavior; A Very Short Introduction.
Bird watchers should take note of this book. Amateur entomologists should take note of it as well. Quite simply, if you spend any time at all observing, contemplating, or taking any notice whatsoever of the activities of animals, animal behavior is a subject about which you should have at least basic understanding.
And as with so any subjects, a Very Short Introduction is a superb place to begin.”
Biologist Hopi Hoekstra on the extended phenotype, structure of mice burrows, and addiction encoded in genome
Source: Genetics of Wild Mice Behavior – Serious Science
The science writer Ed Yong watched and ranked all 79 episodes in of David Attenborough’s Life Collection, on the eve of Attenborough’s 90th birthday. Yong’s list does not include more recent series like Blue Planet.
Source: Every Episode of David Attenborough’s Life Series, Ranked – The Atlantic
Ecologist Megan Duffy compiled this list of videos which bring examples for teaching ecology, including many examples of animal behaviour. Source: Videos for teaching ecology (Updated periodically) | Dynamic Ecology