This chapter investigates how animals use learning to adapt to environmental change. It explores the consequences of anthropogenic activities on learning and the adjustment of animal behaviour as a response. It considers the role of learning in the development and evolution of behaviour. It identifies circumstances under which learning is likely to play a key role in the adaptation to novel environments and rapid environmental change. It provides examples of processes in which animals adapt to human-induced habitat change, using urbanization and climate change as case studies. It presents general conclusions about certain characteristics of species that enable them to cope with rapid environmental shifts.
|Title of host publication||Behavioural Responses to a Changing World|
|Subtitle of host publication||Mechanisms and Consequences|
|Editors||Ulrika Candolin, Bob B.M. Wong|
|Place of Publication||Oxford|
|Publisher||Oxford University Press|
|Number of pages||17|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|