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Publisher: Oxford University Press, 2007
Observing Animal Behaviour: Design and Analysis of Quantitative Data

The power of observation before, and even instead of, experimentation on animal behaviour is demonstrated in this book. It starts with simple methods for observation and goes on to cover modern techniques that can be adapted for the analysis of behaviour.
The importance of animal welfare is well-recognised in both political and scientific circles, which has led to an increase in non-invasive animal research. The observation of animals can be a valuable element in this research, especially for situations in which more invasive and/or experimental techniques are inappropriate, unethical or simply impossible, in settings such as zoos, farms or the wild. Non-invasive observation must be well-designed and accurately executed, however, in order to take up its place beside experimental research.

The author of this book guides the reader through each of these steps, from an initial observation through the formulation of a hypothesis and on to systematic observations. This is a textbook for students of animal behaviour, but is also an interesting and valuable resource for all who want to learn more about observing – not experimenting on – animal behaviour. Previous knowledge of animals, statistics or scientific methods is not required.

Observing Animal Behaviour: Design and Analysis of Quantitative Data
Marian Stamp Dawkins
Oxford University Press, 2007
ISBN-13: 9780198569367 (softcover)
ISBN-13: 9780198569350 (hardcover)