Laboratory of Ethology, Department of Zoology, Kyoto University

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Laboratory of Ethology

About our laboratory

  1. Ethology is the study of animal behavior, and its major goal is to elucidate the function, mechanism, ontogeny, and evolution of animal behavior. In the Laboratory of Ethology, various kinds of animals, from invertebrates such as centipedes to terrestrial vertebrates such as snakes and birds are studied. Each staff and student member has his/her own focus, and research methods vary from experimental manipulation in the laboratory to observations in the field, encompassing areas from the campus of Kyoto University to tropical Madagascar. Direct observation is a basic approach, but studies with the aid of video cameras, data loggers, and radio telemetry are also conducted.
  2. Irrespective of these various subjects, methods, and specific goals, the laboratory emphasizes the importance of natural history of animals, which will help to create new ideas, and lead to an increase in our knowledge base regarding the science of ethology.
contact e-mail address: ethology[atmark]