Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology: A Practical Guide [NOOK Book]

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Building on the success of the first edition and bringing together contributions from a range of experts in the field, the second edition of this guide to research on wild primates covers the latest advances in the field, including new information on field experiments and measuring behaviour. It provides essential information and advice on the technical and practical aspects of both field and laboratory methods, covering topics such as ethnoprimatology; remote sensing; GPS and radio-tracking; trapping and ...
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Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology: A Practical Guide

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Overview

Building on the success of the first edition and bringing together contributions from a range of experts in the field, the second edition of this guide to research on wild primates covers the latest advances in the field, including new information on field experiments and measuring behaviour. It provides essential information and advice on the technical and practical aspects of both field and laboratory methods, covering topics such as ethnoprimatology; remote sensing; GPS and radio-tracking; trapping and handling; dietary ecology; and non-invasive genetics and endocrinology. This integrated approach opens up new opportunities to study the behavioural ecology of some of the most endangered primates and to collect information on previously studied populations. Chapters include methodological techniques; instructions on collecting, processing and preserving samples/data for later analysis; ethical considerations; comparative costs; and further reading, making this an invaluable tool for postgraduate students and researchers in primatology, behavioural ecology and zoology.
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"This is an exceptional and invaluable book for both teaching field and laboratory techniques and for practical use by professional primatologists and behavioral-ecologists, generally. I have used the first edition with great success in methodology courses. This new edition has been updated to include the latest advances in the field and has added materials on field experiments and on measuring behavior. A truly indispensible resource."
Robert W. Sussman, Washington University

"Given the rapid theoretical and technical advances that have occurred in primate field studies, the volume by Setchell and Curtis should be required reading for undergraduate students seeking to gain experience in observing primates in wild or captive settings, graduate students conducting field research, as well as more senior researchers considering the benefits of using new methodologies and approaches to the study of nonhuman primate behavior, ecology, physiology, genetics, and biology.

The volume by Setchell and Curtis is the most practical, complete and comprehensive primer available for field researchers studying primates and other mammals. I recommend it highly. The volume is unique in addressing both the 'how to" and "why' issues in field primatology, and covers topics from ethics in field research to how to set up a field site, from data collecting methods to how to census insects consumed by primates, from GPS/GIS, radio tracking, and biotelemetry, to collecting, storing, and the uses of blood, urine, tissue, DNA, hormones, the chemical properties of foods in addressing critical research questions.

Given that primatology has matured as an interdisciplinary field and laboratory science, the volume by Setchell and Curtis is essential for any researcher planning to expand her/his data collecting tool kit. The chapters in this volume offer a well-written, practical guide for assessing the benefits of using new methodological approaches in field research. Since I intend to take Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology: A Practical Guide with me to the field, my only suggestion for improvement is to encourage the publishers to print the volume on water proof paper!'
Paul A. Garber, University of Illinois

"I see myself using this guide the next time I teach a methods class in either primate or general animal behavior and ecology, and I will recommend it to senior undergraduates and first-year graduate students with interest in fieldwork."
Anthony Di Fiore, Quarterly Review in Biology

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511994180
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Joanna M. Setchell is Senior Lecturer in Evolutionary Anthropology at Durham University, and Director of the MSc in Evolutionary Anthropology. Her research integrates behaviour, morphology and demographic studies with genetics and endocrinology to address questions relating to reproductive strategies, life history and sexual selection in primates.

Deborah J. Curtis is Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Anthropology and Geography at Oxford Brookes University. Her interests focus on lemur biology and she has conducted research on functional anatomy, behaviour and ecology, reproductive endocrinology, food chemistry, activity patterns and genetics. She also works as a scientific and medical translator.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Deborah J. Curtis, Joanna M. Setchell and Maurico Talebi; 1. Human-nonhuman primate interactions: an ethnoprimatological approach Lisa Jones-Engel, Gregory A. Engel and Agustin Fuentes; 2. Habituating primates: processes, techniques, variables and ethics Elizabeth A. Williamson and Anna T. C. Feistner; 3. Habitat description and phenology Jörg U. Ganzhorn, S. Jacques Rakotondranary and Yedidya R. Ratovonamana; 4. Geographic information systems and remote sensing Patrick E. Osborne and Louise Glew; 5. Monitoring local weather and climate Julian C. Mayes and Nicholas Pepin; 6. Survey and census methods: population distribution and density Caroline Ross and Nigel Reeve; 7. Trapping Clifford J. Jolly, Jane E. Phillips-Conroy and Alexandra E. Müller; 8. Handling, anaesthesia, health evaluation and biological sampling Steve Unwin, Marc Ancrenaz and Wendi Bailey; 9. Morphology, morphometrics and taxonomy Colin Groves and Joanne Harding; 10. Marking and radio-tracking Paul E. Honess and David W. Macdonald; 11. Field experiments with non-human primates: a tutorial Klaus Zuberbühler and Roman Wittig; 12. Feeding ecology, frugivory and seed dispersal J. Lawrence Dew; 13. Dietary analysis I: food physics Peter W. Lucas, Daniel Osorio, Nayuta Yamashita, Jonathan F. Prinz, Nathaniel J. Dominy and Brian W. Darvell; 14. Dietary analysis II: food chemistry Peter W. Lucas, Richard T. Corlett, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Hafejee C. Essackjee, Pablo Riba-Hernandez, Lawrence Ramsden, Kathryn E. Stoner and Nayuta Yamashita; 15. Collecting arthropods and arthropod remains for primate studies Claire M. P. Ozanne, James R. Bell and Daniel G. Weaver; 16. Tape-recording primate vocalisations Thomas Geissmann and Stuart Parsons; 17. Photography and video for field researchers Noel Rowe and Marc Myers; 18. Chronobiological aspects of primate research Hans G. Erkert; 19. Thermoregulation and energetics Jutta Schmid; 20. Field endocrinology: monitoring hormonal changes in free-ranging primates J. Keith Hodges and Michael Heistermann; 21. Collection, storage and analysis of non-invasive genetic material in primate biology Benoît Goossens, Nicola Anthony, Kathryn Jeffery, Mireille Johnson-Bawe and Michael W. Bruford; 22. Tips from the bush: an A-Z of suggestions for successful fieldwork Simon K. Bearder, K. Anna, I. Nekaris and Julia N. Lloyd; Index.

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