As I’m commencing fieldwork in Ethiopia in a few short months, I’ve decided to start a project to read what I am calling the “Great Books of Biology and Behavioral Biology” (or G3B Project). Simply put, I’m going to read all the books that a modern biologist (who focuses on animal behavior) should have read by the time they finish their Ph.D. and post reviews and comments on various sections and chapters during my fieldwork. Of course, I’ll begin with Darwin and go through the Modern Synthesis but after that who knows? I am officially requesting suggestions from behavioral ecologists, primatologists, animal behaviorist, behavioral endocrinologists, and the like to recommend what belongs in our ‘canon’ and in my oversized trunk to be carried in to the Simien Mountains.
I’ll post a reading list in a few weeks (after prelims are over, of course).