October 10th, 2011
Big birds behaving badly: The ocean-going seabirds called Nazca boobies live in colonies on the Galápagos Islands off the coast of Ecuador. Dave Anderson, a biology professor at Wake Forest University, has been studying them for more than 25 years. He hopes that one day his findings will provide valuable insight into human behavior, including the cycle of violence that often occurs among people who are abused as children. His study on the birds will appear in this month’s ornithology journal, The Auk.