SITE VISIT: Behavior School

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Science  17 Mar 2000:
Vol. 287, Issue 5460, pp. 1883
DOI: 10.1126/science.287.5460.1883c

Perhaps no area of science fascinates the public and researchers alike more than animal behavior, which explores matters such as how birds flock, why monarch butterflies migrate up to 3000 kilometers, how bees and ants build stunningly complex societies, and whether chimpanzees exhibit consciousness. Also known as ethology, this field ranges widely, sprawling into evolution and human psychology.

Rounding up an unruly herd of animal behavior links is this Zoological Record page, an alphabetical, annotated list of 60-some resources. They range from research projects to popular sites: You can click over to a study of Japanese fighting fish, a cetacean behavior lab, a page of essays on topics such as sociability and intelligence, or the Web site for Nature: Inside the Animal Mind, a PBS TV series. Also useful for background and research resources is the Animal Behavior Society's site. Check out the education page for an article on the value of studying animal behavior, or follow the software link to download tools such as a computer model of flocking behavior. Also aimed at researchers is this University of Nebraska page. It offers a concise list of journals, graduate programs, societies, and discussion groups on topics ranging from bioacoustics to herpetology.

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