Exploring Animal Behavior Through Sound: Volume 1: Methods (Hardcover)

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Exploring Animal Behavior Through Sound: Volume 1: Methods (Hardcover)

By Christine Erbe (Editor), Jeanette a. Thomas (Editor)


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This open-access book empowers its readers to explore the acoustic world of animals. By listening to the sounds of nature, we can study animal behavior, distribution, and demographics; their habitat characteristics and needs; and the effects of noise. Sound recording is an efficient and affordable tool, independent of daylight and weather; and recorders may be left in place for many months at a time, continuously collecting data on animals and their environment. This book builds the skills and knowledge necessary to collect and interpret acoustic data from terrestrial and marine environments. Beginning with a history of sound recording, the chapters provide an overview of off-the-shelf recording equipment and analysis tools (including automated signal detectors and statistical methods); audiometric methods; acoustic terminology, quantities, and units; sound propagation in air and under water; soundscapes of terrestrial and marine habitats; animal acoustic and vibrational communication; echolocation; and the effects of noise. This book will be useful to students and researchers of animal ecology who wish to add acoustics to their toolbox, as well as to environmental managers in industry and government.

Christine Erbe holds an M.Sc. degree in Physics (University of Dortmund, Germany) and a Ph.D. in Geophysics (University of British Columbia, Canada). She worked as a Research Scientist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, was Director of JASCO Applied Sciences Australia, and after a brief stint in high-school education, returned to academia as Director of the Centre for Marine Science and Technology at Curtin University (Perth, WA, Australia). Christine's interests are underwater sound (biotic, abiotic, and anthropogenic), sound propagation, signal processing, and noise effects on marine fauna. She's a John Curtin Distinguished Professor, Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America, former Chair of the Animal Bioacoustics Technical Committee of the Acoustical Society of America, and former Chair of the international conference series on The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life. Jeanette A. Thomas obtained her Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Minnesota (1979) on underwater vocalizations of Weddell seals in the Antarctic. She was Director of the Bioacoustics Laboratory at Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute (San Diego, CA, USA), a Senior Scientist at the Naval Ocean Systems Center (Kailua, HI, USA), and Professor in Biology at Western Illinois University (WIU; Macomb, IL, USA), where she helped established a Master's degree program in Biology in collaboration with Shedd Aquarium (Chicago, IL, USA). In 2000, she developed the WIU Graduate Certificate in Zoo and Aquarium Studies. Jeanette received several awards through WIU: Distinguished Faculty Lecturer, Outstanding Researcher, and Distinguished Alumni. Jeanette was President of The Society for Marine Mammalogy (1994-1996) and Editor for Aquatic Mammals (2000-2009). Jeanette passed away unexpectedly on 16 July 2018.
Product Details ISBN: 9783030975388
ISBN-10: 303097538X
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: October 4th, 2022
Pages: 517
Language: English