Over the past several years, many investigators interested in the effects of man-made sounds on animals have come to realize that there is much to gain from studying the broader literature on hearing sound and the effects of sound as well as data from the effects on humans. It has also become clear that knowledge of the effects of sound on one group of animals (e.g., birds or frogs) can guide studies on other groups (e.g., marine mammals or fishes) and that a review of all such studies together would be very useful to get a better understanding of the general principles and underlying cochlear and cognitive mechanisms that explain damage, disturbance, and deterrence across taxa.
The purpose of Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Animals, then, is to provide a comprehensive review of the effects of man-made sounds on animals, with the goal of fulfilling two major needs. First, it was thought to be important to bring together data on sound and bioacoustics that have implications across all taxa (including humans) so that such information is generally available to the community of scholars interested in the effects of sound. This is done in chapters 2-5. Second, in chapters 6-10, the volume brings together what is known about the effects of sound on diverse vertebrate taxa so that investigators with interests in specific groups can learn from the data and experimental approaches from other species. Put another way, having an overview of the similarities and discrepancies among various animal groups and insight into the "how and why" will benefit the overall conceptual understanding, applications in society, and all future research.
- Man-Made Sounds and Animals
- Communication Masking by Man-Made Noise
- The Principles of Auditory Object Formation by Nonhuman Animals
- Characteristics of Temporary and Permanent Threshold Shift in Vertebrates
- Acoustic Conditions Affecting Sound Communication in Air and Underwater
- Effects of Man-Made Sound on Fishes
- Effects of Anthropogenic Noise on Amphibians and Reptiles
- Impact of Man-Made Sound on Birds and Their Songs
- Effects of Man-Made Sound on Terrestrial Mammals
- Effects of Noise on Marine Mammals
Hans Slabbekoorn is an Associate Professor at Leiden University. Robert J. Dooling is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. Arthur N. Popper is Professor Emeritus and research Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Richard R. Fay is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago