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Animal Communication and Noise

  • Includes studies on different taxa ranging from insects to mammals
  • Discusses also the implications of anthropogenic noise for conservation
  • Richly illustrated

Series: Animal Signals and Communication Volume: 2

By: Henrik Brumm(Editor)

545 pages, 34 colour & 73 b/w illustrations


Hardback | Jan 2014 | #209195 | ISBN-13: 9783642414930
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About this book

The study of animal communication has led to significant progress in our general understanding of motor and sensory systems, evolution, and speciation. However, one often neglected aspect is that signal exchange in every modality is constrained by noise, be it in the transmission channel or in the nervous system. Animal Communication and Noise analyses whether and how animals can cope with such constraints, and explores the implications that noise has for our understanding of animal communication. It is written by leading biologists working on different taxa including insects, fish, amphibians, lizards, birds, and mammals. In addition to this broad taxonomic approach, the chapters also cover a wide array of research disciplines: from the mechanisms of signal production and perception, to the behavioural ecology of signalling, the evolution of animal communication, and conservation issues. Animal Communication and Noise promotes the integration of the knowledge gained by the diverse approaches to the study of animal communication and, at the same time, highlights particularly interesting fields of current and future research.


1 Introduction; Henrik Brumm

Part I: Signal Detection Theory
2 Signal Detection, Noise, and the Evolution of Communication; R. Haven Wiley

Part II:  Acoustic Signals
3 Masking by Noise in Acoustic Insects: Problems and Solutions; Heiner Römer
4 Effects of Noise on Sound Detection and Acoustic Communication in Fishes; Friedrich Ladich
5 Anuran Acoustic Signal Production in Noisy Environments; Joshua J. Schwartz and Mark A. Bee
6 Anuran Acoustic Signal Perception in Noisy Environments; Alejandro Vélez, Joshua J. Schwartz, and Mark A. Bee
7 Avian Vocal Production in Noise; Henrik Brumm and Sue Anne Zollinger
8 Avian Sound Perception in Noise; Robert J. Dooling and Sandra H. Blumenrath
9 Effects of Noise on Acoustic Signal Production in Marine Mammals; Peter L. Tyack and Vincent M. Janik
10 Effects of Noise on Sound Perception in Marine Mammals; James J. Finneran and Brian K. Branstetter

Part III: Optical, Electric, and Chemical Signals
11 Noise in Visual Communication: Motion from Wind-Blown Plants; Richard A Peters
12 Neural Noise in Electro communication – from Burden to Benefits; Jan Benda, Jan Grewe and Rüdiger Krahe
13 Noise in Chemical Communication; Volker Nehring, Tristram D. Wyatt and Patrizia d’Ettorre

Part IV: Impacts of Anthropogenic Noise
14. Anthropogenic Noise and Conservation; Peter K. McGregor, Andrew G. Horn, Marty L. Leonard and, Frank Thomsen

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