International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 205–208 | Cite as

Martin Stevens: Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2013, xii + 247 pp. ISBN 13: 978-0-19-960178-3, $54.95 (Paperback)
  • Sandra Winters
  • James P. Higham
Book Review

Sensory ecology is a relatively new field of study that focuses on the ways in which animals obtain and use information about their surroundings. Approaches based on questions of sensory perception have been increasingly integrated into primatological research, particularly in the areas of foraging and communication. In his seminal volume “Sensory Ecology,” Dusenbery (1992) focused primarily on the acquisition of information, the physical properties of signals in different sensory modalities, and the ways in which these relate to different types of behavior, especially those related to spatial navigation and migration. In Sensory Ecology, Behaviour, and Evolution, Martin Stevens sets out to integrate this sensory approach with evolutionary theory and behavioral ecology by refocusing on the evolutionary processes and adaptive significance of perception and its links to behavior. The book itself is relatively slim. Given the potential breadth of topics and wealth of examples from the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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