Animal Signals and Communication

Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior

Editors: Hill, P.S.M., Lakes-Harlan, R., Mazzoni, V., Narins, P.M., Virant-Doberlet, M., Wessel, A. (Eds.)

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  • Offers a well-balanced treatment of the rapidly emerging field of biotremology
  • Discusses state-of-the-art methods and techniques, their merits and shortcomings
  • Provides new insights into this fascinating field of research
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This volume is a self-contained companion piece to Studying Vibrational Communication, published in 2014 within the same series. The field has expanded considerably since then, and has even acquired a name of its own: biotremology.

In this context, the book reports on new concepts in this fascinating discipline, and features chapters on state-of-the art methods for studying behavior tied to substrate-borne vibrations, as well as an entire section on applied biotremology. Also included are a historical contribution by pioneers in the field and several chapters reviewing the advances that have been made regarding specific animal taxa. Other new topics covered are vibrational communication in vertebrates, multimodal communication, and biotremology in the classroom, as well as in art and music. Given its scope, the book will appeal to all those interested in communication and vibrational behavior, but also to those seeking to learn about an ancient mode of communication.

About the authors

Peggy S.M. Hill received her BS and MS degrees from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA, where she was broadly trained in organic and environmental biology and specifically trained in community and evolutionary ecology. She taught secondary science for 10 years before returning to the University as an Instructor. She earned her PhD from the University of Oklahoma, specializing in behavioral and physiological ecology, but most importantly began exploring vibrational behavior in molecrickets. In 2008 she published the book Vibrational Communication in Animals (Harvard U Press). She retired as a Professor of Biological Science in 2018, and continues to write and study as a Professor Emerita of the University of Tulsa.

Reinhard Lakes-Harlan received his PhD from the University of Marburg with a thesis on plasticity in the grasshopper’s nervous system (Kalmring Lab). He has been a postdoc at McGill University, Montreal (Pollack Lab) and the University of Göttingen (Elsner Lab). He is currently a Professor of Sensory Physiology at the University of Giessen. His chief focus is on the physiology, ecophysiology, and evolution of mechano-sensory organs in insects. 

Valerio Mazzoni earned his PhD from the University of Pisa, Italy, where he was trained in leafhopper and planthopper taxonomy and ecology. As a postdoc, he was trained in biotremology at the National Institute of Ljubljana, where he contributed to substantial advances in the concept of biotremology as applied to arthropod pests. Currently, he is the leader of the Agricultural Entomology unit at the Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach of San Michele all’Adige, where he directs the Bioacoustics Lab. In 2016 and 2018, he was the convener of the first two editions of the International Symposium of Biotremology. 

Peter M. Narins received his B.S. and M.E.E. in Electrical Engineering and his Ph.D. in Neurobiology & Behavior from Cornell University, Ithaca. He is currently a Distinguished Professor of Neuroethology at the Department of Integrative Biology & Physiology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). His research explores the mechanisms underlying the evolution of sound and vibration communication in vertebrates. He has led or participated in 57 overseas research expeditions to seven continents, and is an Honorary Member of the Cuban Zoological Society and Professor Ad Honorem at the University of the Republic, Montevideo, Uruguay. 

Meta Virant-Doberlet received her PhD from the University of Ljubljana. Having initially trained as an insect neurobiologist at the Max Planck Institute for Behavioural Physiology in Seewiesen, she is now focusing her research on various aspects of arthropod vibrational communication. She has been a Marie Curie fellow at Cardiff University and is now Head of the Department of Organisms and Ecosystems Research at the National Institute of Biology in Ljubljana, where she uses leafhoppers as a model for studying interactions shaping the evolution of the vibrational communication channel. 

Andreas Wessel was trained in evolutionary and behavioral biology at the University of Vienna and Humboldt University Berlin. He currently works in Berlin, Germany, as an independent researcher and is affiliated with the Museum of Natural History as a guest scientist. His research focus is on cave planthoppers as models for vibrational communication as well as adaptation to extreme environments and rapid speciation. Furthermore, he publishes frequently on the history and philosophy of biology, and writes for various newspapers and magazines.

Table of contents (25 chapters)

Table of contents (25 chapters)
  • Quo Vadis, Biotremology?

    Pages 3-14

    Hill, Peggy S. M. (et al.)

  • What Is Biotremology?

    Pages 15-25

    Hill, Peggy S. M. (et al.)

  • Biotremology and Sensory Ecology

    Pages 27-41

    Endler, John A.

  • Body Tremulations and Their Transmission as Vibrations for Short Distance Information Transfer Between Ephippiger Male and Female

    Pages 43-49

    Busnel, René-Guy (et al.)

  • Physical Basis of Vibrational Behaviour: Channel Properties, Noise and Excitation Signal Extraction

    Pages 53-78

    Oberst, Sebastian (et al.)

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eBook $129.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Biotremology: Studying Vibrational Behavior
Editors
  • Peggy S.M. Hill
  • Reinhard Lakes-Harlan
  • Valerio Mazzoni
  • Peter M. Narins
  • Meta Virant-Doberlet
  • Andreas Wessel
Series Title
Animal Signals and Communication
Series Volume
6
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-22293-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-22293-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-22292-5
Series ISSN
2197-7305
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 534
Number of Illustrations
124 b/w illustrations, 21 illustrations in colour
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