About Us


EthoBank was initially developed and stocked by Emília P. Martins and a large number of students and collaborators, most notably Liangyou Chen, Hasan Jamil , and Terry Ord .

Our initial motivation arose from the desire to store a  film archive gathered by Dr. Charles C. Carpenter ( University of Oklahoma ) throughout his career. With the help of  Dr. Laurie Vitt , we seeded EthoBank with copies of those films including more than 700 displays produced by more than 100 different species.

EthoBank is maintained with the help of  Indiana University's  University Information Technology Services (UITS) and Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior (CISAB) .  The National Science Foundation (IBN-0205180 and 0236049) contributed financially.  Any opinions findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of NSF or IU.


Sceloporus graciosus, one of the many spiny lizards which display was recorded by Dr. Charles Carpenter.