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.
About the Author
Marian Stamp Dawkins is Fellow and Tutor in Biological Sciences at Somerville College Oxford and Head of the Animal Behaviour Research Group in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK. She is a foremost authority in the field of animal behaviour, widely admired for the clarity of her thinking and writing, and particularly well known for her pioneering work on animal welfare.