Including valuable advice for those planning a field study, this practical manual for students and researchers studying wild primates provides essential information concerning the technical and practical aspects of field and laboratory methods. The study covers surveys and habituation, remote sensing and GPS, tracking and trapping, non-invasive genetic and endocrine assays, and ethical issues. It will be appropriate for final year undergraduates, postgraduate students and researchers in primatology, behavioral ecology and zoology.
1. Human-nonhuman primate interactions: an ethnoprimatological approach Lisa Jones-Engel, Michael A. Schillaci and Gregory A. Engel; 2. Habituating primates: processes, techniques, variables and ethics Elizabeth A. Williamson and Anna T. C. Feistner; 3. Habitat description and phenology Jörg U. Ganzhorn; 4. The Global Positioning System, Geographical Information Systems and remote sensing Karel Hughes; 5. Monitoring local weather and climate Julian Mayes; 6. Survey and census methods: population distribution and density Caroline Ross and Nigel Reeve; 7. Trapping Clifford J. Jolly, Jane E. Phillips-Conroy and Alexandra E. Müller; 8. Handling, anaesthesia, health evaluation and biological sampling Marc Ancrenaz, Joanna M. Setchell and Deborah J. Curtis; 9. Morphology, morphometrics and taxonomy Colin Groves and Joanne Harding; 10. Marking and radio-tracking Paul E. Honess and David W. MacDonald; 11. Feeding ecology and seed dispersal J. Lawrence Dew; 12. Dietary analysis I: food physics Peter W. Lucas, Daniel Osorio, Nayuta Yamashita, Jonathan F. Prinz, Nathaniel J. Dominy and Brian W. Darvell; 13. Dietary analysis II: food chemistry Peter W. Lucas, Richard T. Corlett, Nathaniel J. Dominy, Hafejee C. Essackjee, Pablo Riba-Hernandez, Kathryn E. Stoner and Nayuta Yamashita; 14. Collecting arthropods and arthropod remains for primate studies Claire M. P. Ozanne and James R. Bell; 15. Tape-recording primate vocalisations Thomas Geissmann; 16. Photography and video for field researchers Noel Rowe and Marc Myers; 17. Chronological aspects of primate research Hans G. Erkert; 18. Thermoregulation and energetics Jutta Schmid; 19. Field endocrinology: monitoring hormonal changes in free-ranging primates J. Keith Hodges and Michael Heistermann; 20. Collection, storage and analysis of non-invasive genetic material in primate biology Benoît Goossens, Nicola Anthony, Kathryn Jeffery, Mireille Johnson-Bawe and Michael W. Bruford; 21. Tips from the bush: an A-Z of suggestions for successful fieldwork Simon K. Bearder, K. A. I. Nekaris, Deborah J. Curtis, J. Lawrence Dew, Julia N. Lloyd and Joanna M. Setchell.
"This outstanding collection of papers on field methods in the study of primate biology may be the most important reference for primatologists for the forseeable future.... Essential." Choice
"... it fills a very important niche in the methodological literature. The book does an excellent job of demonstrating the application of relatively new technologies. We heartily recommend this book... much of the material in this book, and especially in the first and last chapters, would be of value to any researcher working in the field." Ethology