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Biomedical Sciences - Neuroscience | Biosonar


Surlykke, A., Nachtigall, P.E., Fay, R.R., Popper, A.N. (Eds.)

2014, XIV, 304 p. 81 illus., 27 illus. in color.

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  • A conceptual overview of what is known about biosonar in bats and odontocetes
  • Chapters written by experts on both animal groups
  • Compares and contrasts mechanisms, increasing our understanding of biosonar in both groups

Bats and odondoctes have evolved the ability to use echolocation to find objects in their environments.  And, despite there being substantial differences in their environments, there are substantial similarities, as well as any number of fascinating differences, in how members of these two groups produce, use, and process biosonar signals.  Chapters are written by experts from on both animal groups, resulting in collaborations that examine not only data on bats and odontocetes, but also compare and contrast mechanism and what is known.  In effect, the chapters provide a unique insight that will help push forward our understanding of biosonar in both groups.

•             Biosonar of bats and toothed whales: An overview – Annemarie Surlykke and Paul E. Nachtigall

•             Sonar signals of bats and toothed whales – Brock (M. B.) Fenton, Frants Havmand Jensen, Elisabeth K. V. Kalko, and Peter L. Tyack

•             Production of biosonar signals: Structure and form – Whitlow W. L. Au and Roderick A. Suthers

•             Sound intensities of biosonar signals from bats and toothed whales – Magnus Wahlberg and Annemarie Surlykke

•             Hearing during echolocation in whales and bats – Paul E. Nachtigall and Gerd Schuller

•             Localization and classification of targets by echolocating bats and dolphins – James A. Simmons, Dorian Houser, and Laura Kloepper

•             On-Animal methods for studying echolocation in free-ranging animals – Mark Johnson

•             Analysis of natural scenes by echolocation in bats and dolphins – Cynthia F. Moss, Chen Chiu, and Patrick W. Moore

•             Echolocation in Air and Water –Peter Teglberg Madsen and Annemarie Surlykke

About the Editors:          

Annemarie Surlykke is Professor in the Department of Biology at University of Southern Denmark and head of the Sound and Behavior Group. Paul Nachtigall is Research Professor and Director of the Marine Mammal Research Program in the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii. Arthur N. Popper is Professor in the Department of Biology and Co-Director of the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing at the University of Maryland, College Park. Richard R. Fay is Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at Loyola University Chicago.

About the Series:

The Springer Handbook of Auditory Research presents a series of synthetic reviews of fundamental topics dealing with auditory systems. Each volume is independent and authoritative; taken as a set, this series is the definitive resource in the field.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » acoustic scenes - bats - odontocetes

Related subjects » Ecology - Neuroscience - Otorhinolaryngology

Table of contents 

Introduction and Overview.- Sonar Signals of Bats and Toothed Whales.- Production of Biosonar Signals: Structure and Form.- Sound Intensities of Biosonar Signals From Bats and Toothed Whales.- Hearing During Echolocation in Whales and Bats.- Localization and Classification of Targets by Echolocating Bats and Dolphins.- On-Animal Methods for Studying Echolocation in Free-Ranging Animals.- Analysis of Natural Scenes by Echolocation in Bats and Dolphins.- Echolocation in Air and Water.

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