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reminder: abstracts due Friday for acoustic communication conference

Subject: reminder: abstracts due Friday for acoustic communication conference
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Wed, 16 Apr 2008 14:32:09 -0700


Abstracts for the Acoustic Communication by Animals conference are due
April 18, which is Friday of this week. Conference details are below.


         Acoustic Communication by Animals
          Second International Conference

             August 12-15, 2008
           Corvallis, Oregon  USA

This conference will bring together senior scholars, mid-career
researchers and teachers, young investigators, and students to share
ideas, data, and methods in the growing and exciting field of animal
acoustic communication.

The emphasis in the conference will be to share information across
animal taxa and to enable young investigators and students to meet and
share ideas with more established investigators in the field. Toward
this end, the keynote speakers at the conference will be

              Dr. Peter Marler
              Dr. Peter Slater

who will provide insights from their lifetime of studying animal


Abstracts of up to 300 words will be accepted until April 18,
2008. Submit abstracts via the conference web site, below.


Some of the special sessions we plan to have include

      · Development and evolution of animal communication
      · Communication in noisy environments
      · Modern techniques in measuring and analyzing complex animal sounds
      · Sound production mechanisms
      · Effects of anthropogenic sounds on animals
      · Cognition and language
      · Echolocation
      · Hearing and sound discrimination
      · Signal design
      · Mimicry
      · Physiology and anatomy
      · New equipment and software

Other topics are welcome too.

Invited speakers

The following invited speakers will attend:

Whitlow Au: Sound detection and echolocation by dolphins
Andrew Bass: Communication in fishes
Eliot Brenowitz: Vocal communication in songbirds
Robert Dooling: Bird hearing
Richard Fay: Fish hearing and sound production
Albert Feng: Neural basis of sound communication in complex environments
Tecumseh Fitch: Mammalian sound communication
Kurt Fristrup: Managing noise impacts
Ronald Hoy: Communication strategies in insects
Peter Narins: Vertebrate seismic communication
Caitlin O'Connell-Rodwell: Elephant low frequency and seismic reception
Kazuo Okanoya: Evolution of signal complexity in birds and humans
Arthur Popper: New ideas on evolution of hearing
Ron Schusterman: Pinniped communication
Robert Seyfarth: Primate communication and social behavior
Andrea Megela Simmons: Chorus dynamics in frogs
James Simmons: Sound detection by bats
Joseph Sisneros: Neural mechanisms of fish
AnnMarie Surlykke: Bat echolocation
Terry Takahashi: Hearing and localization
Sophie Van Parijs: Pinniped communication

Student funding

We will have funding for some students to travel to the
conference. See the conference website for details.

Further information is available at the conference web site:

Hope to see you there!
  The conference scientific committee:
  Whitlow W.L. Au, Co-chair, University of Hawaii
  Andrea Megela Simmons, Co-chair, Brown University
  David K. Mellinger, Co-chair, Oregon State University
  Arthur N. Popper, University of Maryland
  Richard R. Fay, Loyola University of Chicago
  Charles Schmid, Vice-Chair, Acoustical Society of America

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