Informational Interview Donna K. Lane Animal Behaviorist Psych3210 Summer, 2014 HYPERLINK mailtoDlane21@capellauniversity.edu Dlane21@capellauniversity.edu Dr. Celeste Hill Introduction When I started my courses in the field of Psychology, I had no idea how much it went side by side with the field of employment I hope to obtain in the future. Animals and Psychology have always been my two favorite studies. I didnt realize until after doing research and an informational interview, just how much Psychology is intertwined with the position of an Animal Behaviorist. After conducting an informational interview with Dr. Katherine Leighty, Science Operations Manager over Walt Disneys Animal Kingdom, and doing further research, I found that an Animal Behaviorist and Psychologist use many of the same research methods and observational research. Both are always looking for the answer. Synopsis of Informational Interview with Dr. Katherine Leighty I had the opportunity of interviewing Dr. Katherine Leighty, an Animal Behaviorist. She is the Science Operations Manager over Walt Disneys Animal Kingdom in Orlando Florida. Dr. Leighty has a Ph.D in Psychology with sub-fields in Neuro-Science and Behavior Science. Some of the questions I presented to Dr. Leighty are as follows, with her giving additional information about her position. What exactly are your job duties What made you want to become an Animal Behaviorist What skills are needed for this profession Are there any negative sides to your job What is your favorite part of your job Do you have a favorite animal What is the most challenging part of your job What is the most enjoyable part of your position Do you have a set schedule for every day My conversation with Dr. Leighty is as follows. She has a degree in Psychology with a sub-field in Neuro-Science and Animal Behavior Science. She feels that with her degree in Psychology with the sub-fields has helped her obtain her position and also helps in
An Innate behavior can be said to be an inborn behavior. One of the innate behaviors shown in the clip is the chameleon’s ability to reach for cover and adapt with the environment and to feed. The predatory behavior of the chameleon can be seen in its feeding, it brings out its tongue to pick a prey in a fast way. It is important because it enables it catch their prey so that they don’t escape. The eyes of the chameleon moves….
I. Definition of Animal Behavior: Any observable thing an animal does
a. Covers broad range of activities from involuntary muscle movements to animal intelligence an social behavior
i. Exploit animals more efficiently
1. Want to domesticate animals
2. Use as food
ii. Protect and conserve animals better
iii. Academic reasons
c. What kinds of questions?
iv. Mechanistic: how?
v. Evolutionary: Survival….
Outline of Lecture Notes for Sept. 9
What is Animal Behaviour?
Scientific study of how and why animals behave the way they do
Uses both evolutionary theory and behavioural physiology
Why study animal behaviour?
Establish general rules regulating behaviour
Determine how best to preserve endangered animals
Control economically important pests
Develop better conditions for domestic animals and animals in zoos
Cane Toads in Australia
Ecological disaster due to lack of understanding of….
An animals behavior is its response to external and internal stimuli
Ethology is the scientific study of animal behaviour, particularly in natural environments.
Behavioral ecology is the study of the ecological and evolutionary basis for animal behavior
A fixed action pattern is a sequence of unlearned, innate behaviors that is unchangeable - red stickle back fish
Oriented movement- environmental cues can trigger movement in a particular direction
Kinesis- simple change in activity….
Animal Behavior: Response to Environmental Variables
Ethology is the science based on animal behavior. Many animal behaviors involve the movement of animals within its own environment. Inherited traits are traits that an animal is born with and learned behaviors are what an animal learns on its own to adapt to the surroundings. Innate behaviors like breathing and learned behaviors are talking or walking. Pill bugs are the animals we observed in the lab. Pill bugs are a family….
believe that humans and animals behave more naturally in their own environment. Laboratory studies are good in that experimenter can simulate certain situations to see how animals react and express themselves. They allow experimenters to acquire more precise measurements and data, due to the fact that there is a controlled environment. That being said, I still believe that we can learn more from field studies rather than laboratory studies. In a field study, the animal is more likely to behave….
Maria J. Gaytan
Animal Behavior Project
Biology Period 1st/2nd
Due December 1, 2014
The Great Chimpanzees
Chimps also known as chimpanzees are the one of the closest living relatives to the humans. Chimpanzees and human beings are said to have an ancestor that lived about four to eight million years ago. Chimps are mammals, providing with an omnivore diet .In the wild their average lifespan is up to forty-five years in the wild. They are in size four to five point five and can possibly weight….
sexual orientations could be found in animals other than humans. Well, the answer was “yes”. But sexual orientation is just a bit of the big whole called sexual behavior. That is why in this occasion I am going to talk about animal sexual behavior.
To put you in context, the study of animal sexuality is a rapidly developing field. It used to be believed that only humans and a handful of other species performed sexual acts other than for procreation, and that animals' sexuality was instinctive. Current….
Laboratory 11. Animal Behavior
The purpose of the animal behavior lab was to understand the concept of distributing organisms in a resource gradient. This lab was also made to help us differentiate between kinesis and taxis. After completing the animal behavior lab, we should be able to describe aspects of animal behavior as far as its orientation behavior, agonistic behavior, dominance display, and the way it mates or who it chooses to mate with. We should also understand….
Animal Behavior Observations Lab
The Allen’s Swamp Monkey is a “strong, stocky primate” covered in a gray and greenish fur. The toes and fingers of the monkey are webbed which allows them to swim well. The males are usually larger than the females and they are really active primates. Their origins can be traced from the Congo Basin to western Zaire. The habitat of the monkeys is limited to swamp forests. In behavior they are mostly active during the day and are tree-dwellers. Their….