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Exploring Animal Behavior Through Sound: Volume 1


  • This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access

  • Introduces standard terminology, procedures, equipment, and analysis tools for animal bioacoustic studies

  • Unravels complex concepts, such as sound propagation and discusses common pit-falls

  • Points to numerous resources (in print and online) for further in-depth reading

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Table of contents (13 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvii
  2. History of Sound Recording and Analysis Equipment

    • Gianni Pavan, Gregory Budney, Holger Klinck, Hervé Glotin, Dena J. Clink, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 1-36Open Access
  3. Choosing Equipment for Animal Bioacoustic Research

    • Shyam Madhusudhana, Gianni Pavan, Lee A. Miller, William L. Gannon, Anthony Hawkins, Christine Erbe et al.
    Pages 37-85Open Access
  4. Collecting, Documenting, and Archiving Bioacoustical Data and Metadata

    • William L. Gannon, Rebecca Dunlop, Anthony Hawkins, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 87-110Open Access
  5. Introduction to Acoustic Terminology and Signal Processing

    • Christine Erbe, Alec Duncan, Lauren Hawkins, John M. Terhune, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 111-152Open Access
  6. Source-Path-Receiver Model for Airborne Sounds

    • Ole Næsbye Larsen, William L. Gannon, Christine Erbe, Gianni Pavan, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 153-183Open Access
  7. Introduction to Sound Propagation Under Water

    • Christine Erbe, Alec Duncan, Kathleen J. Vigness-Raposa
    Pages 185-216Open Access
  8. Analysis of Soundscapes as an Ecological Tool

    • Renée P. Schoeman, Christine Erbe, Gianni Pavan, Roberta Righini, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 217-267Open Access
  9. Detection and Classification Methods for Animal Sounds

    • Julie N. Oswald, Christine Erbe, William L. Gannon, Shyam Madhusudhana, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 269-317Open Access
  10. Fundamental Data Analysis Tools and Concepts for Bioacoustical Research

    • Chandra Salgado Kent, Tiago A. Marques, Danielle Harris
    Pages 319-354Open Access
  11. Behavioral and Physiological Audiometric Methods for Animals

    • Sandra L. McFadden, Andrea Megela Simmons, Christine Erbe, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 355-387Open Access
  12. Vibrational and Acoustic Communication in Animals

    • Rebecca Dunlop, William L. Gannon, Marthe Kiley-Worthington, Peggy S. M. Hill, Andreas Wessel, Jeanette A. Thomas
    Pages 389-417Open Access
  13. Echolocation in Bats, Odontocetes, Birds, and Insectivores

    • Signe M. M. Brinkløv, Lasse Jakobsen, Lee A. Miller
    Pages 419-457Open Access
  14. The Effects of Noise on Animals

    • Christine Erbe, Micheal L. Dent, William L. Gannon, Robert D. McCauley, Heinrich Römer, Brandon L. Southall et al.
    Pages 459-506Open Access
  15. Back Matter

    Pages 507-517

About this book

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.


  • Animal Communication
  • Bioacoustics
  • Echolocation
  • Hearing
  • Sound production
  • Vocalization
  • Open Access
  • Biotremology
  • Syrinx
  • Anthropogenic noise
  • Mate choice
  • Stridulation

Editors and Affiliations

  • Centre for Marine Science and Technology, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

    Christine Erbe

  • Moline, USA

    Jeanette A. Thomas

About the editors

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.

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