Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology

Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology : A Practical Guide

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Field and Laboratory Methods in Primatology is a manual for students and researchers studying wild primates. Technological advances allow fieldworkers to collect a wide range of data, store samples for later analysis, and collect information remotely. These methods open up opportunities to gain new insights on previously studied populations and are the means of collecting data on species that have, until now, been difficult to study. However, information on the practicalities of using such methodology in the field has largely been lacking. Here, in this indispensable reference, experienced fieldworkers provide the first comprehensive guide to the wide variety of techniques available for the study of wild primates. Covering everything from pre-trip planning to laboratory analysis of endocrine and genetic samples, packed full of tips and emphasising practicalities and ethics throughout, it is a must-have for all field primatologists and others studying free-ranging more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 26 b/w illus. 12 tables
  • 1139165100
  • 9781139165105

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'As the first accessible and nearly comprehensive overview of primatological methodologies in over two decades, this book is long overdue and yet, well worth the wait ... This text will be of immeasurable importance for the coming generation of primatologists ... this book is a core requirement for all students of primatology (and degreed professionals as well) ... I applaud the editors for the remarkable job and encourage primatologists to read this book and keep issues of methods and ethics in the forefront of their project planning and activities.' Primates 'This is an excellent book. Reading it should be made compulsory for anybody thinking of going out into the wild to study primates for the first time. In addition, it is a very useful reference book for even the most experienced fieldworkers. Never leave home without it.' Folia Primatologica '... it fills a very important niche in the methodological literature ... does an excellent job of demonstrating the application of relatively new technologies ...'. Blackwell Verlag 'Each chapter provides an informative review of a specific aspect of primate research that should serve as a good starting point for further reading. As a consequence this book should be of great value to students embarking on their research careers ... this book could still provide a useful first port of call for anyone moving into new areas or research techniques ... if you are looking for an introduction to topics ranging from working with the local community and primate habituation to measuring climate, phonology, morphology, plant chemistry, endocrinology and genetics to the practicalities of trapping and anaesthetizing primates then this is almost certainly the place to start ... this is a comprehensive text that provides informative introductions to most of the major areas and techniques that are likely to be of use to someone embarking on a study of primates ... I am certain that this book will provide a useful starting reference not only to new primate researchers but also to the more established practitioner looking to expand their horizons.' Primate Eyeshow more

Table of contents

1. Human-nonhuman primate interactions: an ethnoprimatological approach Lisa Jones-Engel, Michael A. Schillaci and Gregory A. Engel; 2. Habituating primates: processes, techniques, variables and ethics Elizabeth A. Williamson and Anna T. C. Feistner; 3. Habitat description and phenology Jorg U. Ganzhorn; 4. The Global Positioning System, Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing Karel Hughes; 5. Monitoring local weather and climate Julian Mayes; 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. Muller; 8. Handling, anaesthesia, health evaluation and biological sampling Marc Ancrenaz, Joanna M. Setchell and Deborah J. Curtis; 9. Morphology, morphometrics and taxonomy Colin Groves and Joanne Harding; 10. Marking and radio-tracking Paul E. Honess and David W. MacDonald; 11. Feeding ecology and seed dispersal J. Lawrence Dew; 12. Dietary analysis I: food physics Peter W. Lucas, Daniel Osorio, Nayuta Yamashita, Jonathan F. Prinz, Nathaniel J. Dominy and Brian W. Darvell; 13. Dietary analysis II: food chemistry Peter W. Lucas, Richard T. Corlett, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Hafejee C. Essackjee, Pablo Riba-Hernandez, Kathryn E. Stoner and Nayuta Yamashita; 14. Collecting arthropods and arthropod remains for primate studies Claire M. P. Ozanne and James R. Bell; 15. Tape-recording primate vocalisations Thomas Geissmann; 16. Photography and video for field researchers Noel Rowe and Marc Myers; 17. Chronological aspects of primate research Hans G. Erkert; 18. Thermoregulation and energetics Jutta Schmid; 19. Field endocrinology: monitoring hormonal changes in free-ranging primates J. Keith Hodges and Michael Heistermann; 20. Collection, storage and analysis of non-invasive genetic material in primate biology Benoit Goossens, Nicola Anthony, Kathryn Jeffery, Mireille Johnson-Bawe and Michael W. Bruford; 21. Tips from the bush: an A-Z of suggestions for successful fieldwork Simon K. Bearder, K. A. I. Nekaris, Deborah J. Curtis, J. Lawrence Dew, Julia N. Lloyd and Joanna M. more