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Primate Behavioral Ecology 6th Edition

Primate Behavioral Ecology 6th Edition PDF

Author: Karen B. Strier

Publisher: Routledge


Publish Date: July 30, 2021

ISBN-10: 0367222884

Pages: 624

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

This comprehensive introductory text integrates evolutionary, ecological, and demographic  perspectives with new results from field studies and contemporary noninvasive molecular and  hormonal techniques to understand how different primates behave and the significance of these  insights for primate conservation. Each chapter is organized around the major research themes  in the field, with Strier emphasizing the interplay between theory, observations, and conservation issues. Examples are drawn from the “classic” primate field studies as well as more recent  studies, including many previously neglected species, to illustrate the vast behavioral variation  that exists across the primate order. Primate Behavioral Ecology 6th Edition integrates the  impacts of anthropogenic activities on primate populations, including zoonotic disease and  climate change, and considers the importance of behavioral flexibility for primate conservation. This fully updated new edition brings exciting new methods, theoretical perspectives, and  discoveries together to provide an incomparable overview of the field of primate behavioral  ecology and its applications to primate conservation. It is considered to be a “must read” for all  students interested in primates

Karen B. Strier is a Vilas Research Professor and the Irven DeVore Professor of Anthropology  and an Affiliate Professor of Integrated Biology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where  she has been teaching since 1989. Her main research interests are to understand the behavioral  ecology of primates from a comparative perspective, and to contribute to conservation efforts  on their behalf

I completed the revisions to this sixth edition of Primate Behavioral Ecology while under the  “shelter-at-home” mandate imposed by the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic of early 2020.  Reading and thinking so intensely about other primates at a time of human vulnerability was a  compelling reminder of the fragility and the resilience of the natural world and of our responsibility to protect it along with ourselves. This edition is dedicated to all of the people all over  the world who expose themselves to personal risks in order to take care of others—both human  and nonhuman—during the crises of our times.

This edition, like its five predecessors, is an introduction to the field of primate behavioral  ecology and its applications to primate conservation. It integrates the basics of evolutionary and  ecological approaches to the study of behavior with up-to-date coverage of how different primates  actually behave. Examples are drawn from the “classic” primate field studies as well as more recent  studies from diverse species across the Primate Order to illustrate both the vast behavioral variation  that we now know exists, and the gaps in our knowledge that future studies will fill. Throughout  the book, the interplay among theory, observations, and conservation issues is emphasized. Readers will undoubtedly have different levels of familiarity with primate evolutionary history, the genetics underlying evolutionary processes, and basic behavioral ecology. For some,  the background material covered in the early chapters will be an easy review, but the relevance  of these areas to conservation deserves to be reinforced. Subsequent chapters are organized  around some of the major research themes in the field. Most begin with an overview of theoretical approaches and then examine the comparative evidence that supports or challenges  evolutionary-based predictions.

As one might expect for a field as vibrant as this, new discoveries continue to refine the ways  we think about primates and the theoretical perspectives upon which these perceptions are  based. Increasingly, however, anthropogenic activities are negatively impacting primate populations and their habitats. Although these changes put primates at ever-greater risks, they have  also stimulated widespread interest and awareness in the remarkable behavioral flexibility that  many primates exhibit. This combination of attention to the variation in ecological and demographic conditions, on the one hand, and the responses of primates to these variable conditions,  on the other hand, has shifted some of the focus of primate behavioral ecology away from  evolutionary adaptations per se, and more toward considerations of behavioral flexibility as a  part of the primates’ evolutionary heritage.

All of the material carried over from the previous editions has been updated so that it tracks  the new directions in which primate behavioral ecology is moving. This has resulted in some  substantive enhancements and additions to nearly every chapter. Some of the highlights of this  edition include:
● Integration of methodological and technological advances including remote sensing tools  and their implications for noninvasive studies of primate behavior, populations, and habitats.

● Syntheses of new insights from theoretical and analytical approaches including the extended  evolutionary synthesis, social network analyses, reconsiderations of female dominance,  multi-modal signaling, and ethnoprimatology.
● Expanded coverage of primate behavior, diet, microbiomes, and health in anthropogenic  landscapes.
● Fully updated taxonomic classifications including new tables and an up-to-date Appendix,  and greater integration of evolutionary history and conservation, including the Anthropocene.
● Focused attention on contemporary conservation issues throughout, including disease, climate change, forest corridors, and ecotourism.
● New boxes on drones, terminology in primatology, positional behavior and behavioral  thermo-regulation, and zoonotic disease.
● Companion website with chapter summaries, flashcards, study and discussion questions,
links to resources, recommended readings, and educational videos.

More than 300 new references provide authoritative sources and additional examples. However,  I have also retained most of the citations to the original studies on particular topics to provide the historical context and time-depth we have in the field. In our digital age, it is more  important than ever for newcomers to the field to learn about some of the classic studies that  established the field and continue to shape it, but that were often published as books or book chapters and may therefore not be accessible online

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