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Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution

Martin Stevens

February 2013

ISBN: 9780199601783

264 pages
Paperback
246x189mm

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Price: £39.99

This is the first modern textbook of sensory ecology. It provides an introduction to the key ideas, theories, and examples, describes how sensory systems work, and explores the links between the senses, animal signals, behaviour, and evolution. The book also tackles mechanistic and functional questions, integrating theoretical and empirical work.

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This is the first modern textbook of sensory ecology. It provides an introduction to the key ideas, theories, and examples, describes how sensory systems work, and explores the links between the senses, animal signals, behaviour, and evolution. The book also tackles mechanistic and functional questions, integrating theoretical and empirical work.

  • The first modern textbook of sensory ecology written in two decades
  • Provides an introduction to the various key ideas, theories, and examples in sensory ecology
  • Describes how sensory systems work, and the links between the senses, signals, behaviour, and evolution
  • Tackles both mechanistic and functional questions, integrating theoretical and empirical work across a wide range of animal groups

About the Author(s)

Martin Stevens, Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter

Martin Stevens is a BBSRC David Phillips Fellow, based in the Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter. His research focuses on sensory ecology and behaviour, especially animal coloration and vision, across a wide range of organisms. His work has covered animal colour and spatial vision, anti-predator markings, brood parasitism and cuckoos, and sexual signals and vision in primates. He did his PhD at the University of Bristol on animal camouflage and bird vision, and has published over 40 scientific manuscripts.

Table of Contents

    Part 1: Introduction
    1: Sensory Ecology, Information, and Decision Making
    Part 2: Sensory Processing
    2: Sensing the World
    3: Encoding Information
    4: Sensory Systems: Trade-Offs, Costs, and Sensory Integration
    Part 3: Communication
    5: Signalling and Communication
    6: Multimodal Signals and Communication
    7: Trade-Offs and Costs in Signalling
    8: Deception, Mimicry, and Sensory Exploitation
    Part 4: Diversification and Divergence
    9: Arms Races, Coevolution, and Diversification
    10: Adapting to the Environment
    11: Divergence, Sensory Drive, and Speciation
    Part 5: Conclusions
    12: Concluding Remarks

Reviews

"This book is an ambitious and successful attempt to integrate mechanistic and functional aspects of communication by the authors ... essential reading." - Tim Caro, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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