Week 1 - Sept 2nd
Observation Methods Introduction and Expectations:
All Students (this is not an optional MOODLE) should find one
primary literature research paper on Animal Behavior and post it. This
is wide open. Choose anything you like; the idea is to explore the breadth
of the field of animal behavior. I
will draw from these papers (or similar topics) for lectures throughout
the semester. Please post as soon as possible so that I know everyone has access to Moodle and the course website.
Week 1 - Sept 4th
4th Guest lecture David
David Shepherdson is the Conservation Program Scientist at the Oregon
Zoo. He focuses on environmental enrichment for zoo animals, the role
of the zoo in conservation programs, and is involved in the science
education goals of the zoo. David is currently an associate editor for
the journal Zoo Biology, and is adjunct faculty at Portland State University.
He will give a seminar-style lecture on the current research goals of
the Oregon Zoo, and include discussion on methods in animal behavior
For an prelude to Davids talk skim through:
R. and Shepherdson, D.J. (2005) Scientific approaches to
enrichment and stereotypies in zoo animals: what's been done and where
should we go next? Zoo Biology 24:499-518.
For a more general view of zoo research look at the examples in:
G.R. (1997) Behavioural research in zoos: academic perspectives.
Behavior Science 51;199-207.
This paper provides good examples of zoo research. It might
provide good ideas for the field trip next week and might raise questions
that David Shepherdson can answer a lot better than I can, so try to
read it before his visit.
Bassett, L., Buchanan-Smith,
H.M. (2006) Effects of predictability on
the welfare of captive animals. Applied Animal Behavior Science. 102:223-245.
Morgan, K. N.,
Tromborg, C.T. (2007) Sources of stress in captivity.
Applied Animal Behavior Science. 102:262-302.
CT (2004) Significance of Animal Behavior Research.
Charles T Snowden wrote this summary of the field of animal behavior
in 2004 when he was president of the Animal Behavior Society. This
society has an excellent website with links to many current topics, meetings,
and discussions that you might find interesting.