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Readership: This is a companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students taking courses in animal behaviour. It will also be useful to professional researchers and consultants in the behavioural sciences who seek a compact but comprehensive introduction to the quantitative observation of animal behaviour.
Marian Stamp Dawkins, Professor of Animal Behaviour, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK.
"This slim volume is a gem; a personal, perceptive, accessible, and yet keenly scientific guide to how to do observational research on animals. The only thing better than reading this book and keeping it close at hand for rereading would be to have a mentor such as Dawkins herself nearby for the sharing, whether the "student" is a precocious 10 year old or an observer several times that age, whether new to animal behavior or an "old hand," or whether focused on experimental or observational methodologies." - The Quarterly Review of Biology
"This is a well-written, clear, practical and timely book addressing the utility and methodology of observational studies of animal behaviour. [The book] persuasively argues the merits of
observational work, and then issues lucid, pragmatic asvice regarding its pursuit...I would very much recommend it as both an inspiring 'manifesto', and a demystifying guide, to the conduct of observational research." - Applied Animal Behaviour Science
"This is a very good book that truly has something to offer anyone interested in the study of animal behaviour...I found Stamp Dawkins [book] unique in its coverage of practical issues and advice on how to be an effective scientist. Her advice on how to ask the right question is worth the cover price on its own. Animal Behaviour 2007."
1: The power of observation
2: Asking the right question
3: When all you need is one
4: Three principles of observational design
5: The selective observer
6: Down to detail
7: Observing in zoos, on farms, and in the wild
8: Analysing observations
9: Further observations
10: Observing the Future
Appendix 1: Some random numbers
Appendix 2: Power and sample size
Appendix 3: Beaufort wind scale