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A companion to Principles of Animal Communication, Second Edition
by Jack W. Bradbury & Sandra L. Vehrencamp, published by Sinauer Associates

What is available on this site

There are two types of material posted on this website:

How to use the website

The Web Topics can be viewed in two ways: each topic can be viewed on the site directly, and the full set of topics for each chapter can be viewed and/or downloaded as a PDF file. The Literature Cited is available as PDF files, both individually by chapter and as one complete PDF for the entire book. Faculty in particular may want to use the single download options. File sizes of PDF files are indicated, so users can judge whether they have space (and time depending on connectivity) for a big download. Online access is immediate, and using multiple windows in a browser allows one to jump back and forth between a main Web Topic page and any links it contains to external pages.

To access the Literature Cited, click the link on the left side of any page, then click the link for the chapter you wish to view. To access the Web Topics, either select a chapter from the chapter menu at the top of the page, or click a link in the full contents listed on the home page. Web Topics are numbered by chapter and topic number, e.g., 14.1, which first refers to the relevant chapter and then to the order within that chapter that the Topic is referenced.

Courtesy of Sinauer Associates, all of the content on this site is freely available to the public. You may read and download any of this content for your own personal use. Any other use requires the express permission of Sinauer Associates. Reproduction and distribution of this content in any form is not permitted without permission.

To cite material included on this website, please use the following format (this example is for Web Topic 2.3):

Bradbury, J. W. and S. L. Vehrencamp. 2011. Web Topic 2.3: Quantifying and Comparing Sound Amplitudes. Principles of Animal Communication, Second Edition Companion Website. <http://sites.sinauer.com/animalcommunication2e> Accessed [date].

Currency, updating, and accuracy

We often found it challenging to find appropriate audio and video clips of animals communicating, and have thus posted links to a diversity of source sites. Whereas some of these links are likely to remain valid (e.g., those using the ARKive or Macaulay Library websites), others may be ephemeral (e.g., faculty websites, YouTube links). As they come to our attention, we will update or remove any links that we find to be broken, but please be aware that content on third-party sites is not under our control. If you do notice a broken link, please help us by reporting it via email: support@sinauer.com. Current search engines are good enough that we hope users will be able to use our annotations to know what to look for in searching for replacement examples.

We have tried to make the bibliographies as current as possible as of May 2011. Publications appearing after that date will not appear in the bibliographies.

We have done our best to understand and summarize a very broad range of theories and phenomena in the Web Topics. We have not provided citation justifications for statements and generalizations at the same level adopted in the hard copy text. However, we have tried to end most Web Topics with supporting and supplemental references, so that readers can find the original materials that we used.