Animal Behavior Club

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Animal Behavior Club
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A group coordinating the animal behavior community at Hampshire and among the Five Colleges.
Meeting Information
Place: ASH Auditorium
Time: TBA
Contact Information
Signer Information
Signer 1:
Signer 2: Rachel Garner
Signer 3: Aemelia H. Thompson
Advisor Information
Advisor name: Sarah Partan
Signer Resources
Group Account Number:
Submit a Funding Request
Funding Request Decisions
Student Group Signer Manual


Mission Statement

To coordinate and provide a venue for the animal behavior community at Hampshire. We discuss literature relevant to the subject and provide a forum for interdivisional cooperation on independent work. We also host speakers or other relevant guests. We are here to help all the biology students at Hampshire College!

First Meeting of Spring 2011

Sign up for our mailing list (listed below) or e-mail for the time and location of the first meeting of Spring.

Animal Behavior Lecture Series Fall 2010

All talks take place in the Ruth Graham Hammen Auditorium in the Adele Simmons Hall at 5:00PM. For more information contact Daniel Taub (

October 19th - Dr. Denise Pope: "Sexual Selection and Sexual Conflict in Fiddler Crabs"

November 2nd, Dr. Ethan Clotfelter: "Incubation in a Cavity-Nesting Bird: Costs and Consequences"

November 16th - Dr. L. David Smith: "An Arms Race at a Snail's Pace: the Importance of Phenotypic Plasticity in a Marine Biological Invasion"

December 6th - Dr. Elizabeth Dumont: "Form, Function, and the Evolution of Diversity: The Spectacular Story of Neotropical Bats" 

Meeting Minutes

Keep up-to-date if you can't come to the meetings or miss one!

October 5th, 2010

September 28th, 2010

September 21st, 2010

September 14th, 2010

March 9th, 2010

March 23rd, 2010

March 30th, 2010

April 6th, 2010

April 13th, 2010

April 21st, 2010

April 27th, 2010

The Marksman Photography Award

The Marksman Award 2010 Winner:

We want to congratulate Miranda J. Beck on being the first winner of the Marksman Photography Award. Her submission will be hung in ASH for 2 weeks. Her photo is of a Chiromantis tree frog. Thanks to all who submitted it was an extremely hard process and we encourage you to submit again next year. Please check out all of the contestants submissions including our winner at our photobucket.

The Hampshire Animal Behavior Club is offering the Marksman Photography Award to the best wildlife photo. Artists may submit as many photos as they would like. Submit your photos to Posters will be made of the winning submission and a certificate will be issued to the winner. For more information e-mail The Marksman Award has been decided for 2010. 

Find Us On Facebook!

We're now on facebook! Keep up-to-date with meetings, events, stories, and everything!

Click here to get to the page!


The Animal Behavior Club hosts numerous events throughout the year ranging from speakers to movie screenings. To see some of our previous events click here.

Upcoming Events:

Have some suggestions for upcoming events? E-mail Dan at
or Andrew at!

Pictures and Video of the Group

To see pictures and video of the group and events click here!

Group Leadership

Current Signers:

Daniel Taub ( Alexis Renee Reid ( Miranda J. Beck (


Andrew Fulmer ( Sean Nunley ( Kristian Brevik ( Maya Gounard (

Affiliated Faculty:

Sarah Partan (CS). Mark Feinstein (CS). Cynthia Gill (NS). Charles Ross (NS).

Group Projects

Examples of Student Work:

These are some examples of student work the Animal Behavior Club has helped out with!

Andrew Fulmer

        Division III: Ontogeny and Alloparenting in Gerbils (Meriones)

Kristian Brevik

        Division III: Morphology and Development of Rats (Rattus)

Maya Gounard

        Comfort Creatures

Sean Nunley

        Domestication of Voles

Sasha Allegretta

        Oxytocin and Lactation

Jake Redmond

        Division III: Territorial Pissings: An Observational Study on New England's Mesocarnivores

Daniel Taub

        The Grey Fox Project

        Tail Tip Coloration and Occurrence in the Red Fox

        The Evolution and Physiology of Maternal Care in Salamanders

Animal Behavior Library

Did you know that Animal Behavior Club has a special collection with the Hampshire Library? We are aiming to become Hampshire's premier collection of literature related to behavior and animal biology and are currently building our collection through group purchases and gifts. Please contact at group signer or senior member if you are interested in accessing or donating to the collection.

Suggested Readings on Animal Behavior

Handbook of Ethological Methods. Philip N. Lehner. Cambridge University Press, 1996.

King Solomon's Ring: New Light on Animal Ways. Konrad Lorenz. Routledge Classics, 2002.

Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution, Raymond Coppinger, Lorna Coppinger. University of Chicago Press, 2001

Hampshire Alumn Sean Nunley's Inspirational Reading

Biologists are people too, and with all the hell we go through for the love of our work we perhaps need inspirational works more than most. Here's a collection of books selected by Sean Nunley to motivate you through the coldest field mornings and most parasite-ridden summers. All are or will soon be part of the AB Library.

Bernd Heinrich: Ravens in Winter

Robert Sapolsky: A Primate's Memoir

The classic memoirs of "Leakey's Angels":

Jane Goodall: In the Shadow of Man

Dian Fossey: Gorillas in the Mist

Birute Galdikas: Reflections of Eden

More coming soon!

Group Goals and Aims

Ridiculously Expensive, Unrealistic Goals (why not?)

Measuring Behavior 2008: 6th International Conference on Methods and Techniques in Behavioral Research -

Host a talk by Frans de Waal -

Renovation and reimplementation of the ARF as BEARS

Animal Behavior Links and Resources

Five College Lecture Series:

Hampshire College - Animal Behavior Lecture Series (See Above!)

University of Massachusetts Amherst - Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Seminars

                                                        - Neuroscience and Behavior Lecture Series

Smith College - Life Sciences Colloquium 


Did you see a fox? If so, visit the site below and document what you saw!!!!

Blind Building Resources

This site has an incredible guide (in three parts) available for download:

Duck Blinds:

Internship Recommendations/Graduate Opportunities

The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute -

Ornithological Societies of America (Bird Jobs) -

Animal Behavior Society -

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The Animal Behavior Library index will be added soon!

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