animal behavior
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Pigeons Can Switch Tasks More Quickly than Humans
Jef Akst | Sep 27, 2017
The birds’ ability to multitask may be attributable to a more densely packed cerebral cortex, scientists propose.
Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms
Video: Swimming with Virtual Swarms
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Researchers track a fish in a virtual-reality system as it responds to projections of other fish of the same species.
Video: Researchers Control <em>Drosphila</em> Flight with Virtual Reality
Video: Researchers Control Drosphila Flight with Virtual Reality
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Surrounded by a projection screen, a fly’s flight path is influenced by a collection of moving dots.
Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals
Virtual Reality for Freely Moving Animals
Ashley Yeager | Aug 21, 2017
Experiments that place untethered fish, flies, and mice in simulated environments give clues about the animals’ social behavior.
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Biologists Will Be Listening to the Eclipse
Kerry Grens | Aug 18, 2017
At 100 sites around North America, field recorders are set to record natures’ response to the blotting out of the sun on Monday.
Book Excerpt from <em>Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril</em>
Book Excerpt from Ecotourism’s Promise and Peril
Daniel T. Blumstein, Benjamin Geffroy, Eduardo Bessa, Diogo S.M. Samia | Aug 10, 2017
In the introduction to the book, its editors lay out the case for taking a serious, and mechanistic, look at how visiting natural places for pleasure affects ecology and animal behavior.
Ecotourism: Biological Benefit or Bane?
Ecotourism: Biological Benefit or Bane?
Benjamin Geffroy, Daniel T. Blumstein, Eduardo Bessa, Diogo S.M. Samia | Aug 3, 2017
As nature-based tourism becomes more popular, considering the ecological effects of the practice becomes paramount.
The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct
The Evolutionary Roots of Instinct
Becca Cudmore | Jul 17, 2017
Did behaviors that seem ingrained become fixed through epigenetic mechanisms and ancestral learning?
Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain
Behavior Circuits Mapped in Whole Fruit Fly Brain
Anna Azvolinsky | Jul 13, 2017
Using machine learning, researchers have created extensive maps of the neuronal circuits associated with social and locomotion behaviors in the fruit fly. 
Human Presence Influences Chimps’ Hunting Habits
Human Presence Influences Chimps’ Hunting Habits
Diana Kwon | Jun 26, 2017
Researchers find differences in predatory behavior between a long-observed chimp tribe and a recently habituated one.