An Essential Handbook of Techniques for Marine Mammal Science
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The editors’ self-professed aim in producing this book was to summarize “the methodological approaches to studying marine mammals in a single, accessible, authoritative volume” (Preface), and I think it’s fair to say that they’ve achieved this aim admirably. The editors have assembled a truly impressive cast of world-leading researchers to survey how to plan studies, collect data, and analyze them rigorously. The book consists of 16 chapters that span virtually the entire range of marine mammal studies, with a focus on field studies and an understandable emphasis on instrumentation and telemetry approaches. Anyone planning research on marine mammals would do well to take the advice provided in the introduction to “think outside the box,” and also to “think, then act” (Preface). This volume will be a great help to anyone following that advice.
The first chapter is about research ethics, and I think it is right that a book on research techniques includes such a discussion early on....