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Video Techniques in Animal Ecology and Behaviour - Stephen D. Wratten

Video Techniques in Animal Ecology and Behaviour

Hardcover Published: 31st December 1993
ISBN: 9780412466403
Number Of Pages: 211

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This book is about video techniques, not video technology. To deal with the latter would be a thankless task, as by the time the book was published it would be out of date, given the rapid rate of development of video hardware. However, these technological advances do help to make it an exciting field. As Joe Riley says in Chapter 1, 'Advances in video technology continually produce improvements in performance and reductions in both the cost and size of equipment, so it seems certain that the technique will prove to be an even more useful resource . . . in the future. ' In selecting the topics and authors represented in this book, I have tried to encompass most of the behavioural and ecological uses to which video is likely to be put over the next decade or so. I believe the book has captured the invaluable accumulated experience of the most active practitioners of the medium in this research area. The idea for the book arose from two workshops on the use of video in ecology and behaviour held at Southampton University, UK, during the 1980s. Three learned societies were involved in these meetings: the Association of Applied Biologists, the British Ecological Society and the Society for Experimental Biology.

Industry Reviews

`...an essential reference handbook for postgraduate students and researchers in higher education and industry who are involved in studies of reproductive and foraging behaviour and of the feeding and dispersal in vertebrates and invertebrates.'
Ethology, Ecology and Evolution
`A practical sourcebook devoted to the applications of video techniques in the study of movement in organisms in the field and laboratory. It describes in detail systems used for exploring the behavior and ecology of animals as diverse as protozoa, molluscs, mites, predatory and flying insects, as well as domestic, wild, and farm vertebrates.'
SciTech Book News (April 1994)
`The final judgement on a book like this is whether it motivates one to run right out and buy a video camera and associated computer equipment or not. Given the resources, we would do so (in the mean time, we recommend borrowing time on a colleague's system). ...If you are new to applications of video technology and think that you may have a good situation for an application, then a first look at a couple of the chapters in this book is an excellent way to examine the practical difficulties that you may have.'
Acta Oecologica

List of contributors
Flying insects in the fieldp. 1
Flying insects in the laboratoryp. 17
Parasites and predatorsp. 33
Terrestrial molluscsp. 65
Marine videop. 89
Wild birdsp. 113
Farm animalsp. 125
Companion animalsp. 145
Video and microorganismsp. 163
Indexp. 205
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ISBN: 9780412466403
ISBN-10: 0412466406
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 211
Published: 31st December 1993
Publisher: Chapman and Hall
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.42
Weight (kg): 0.5

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