Integrating museum and media collections to study vocal ecology and evolution

Nicholas A. Mason, Bret Pasch, Kevin J. Burns, Elizabeth P. Derryberry

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Studies of animal vocalizations have generated key insights into the evolutionary and ecological forces that shape behavioral diversity in birds and other animals. Natural history collections and media archives provide a wealth of data that are being incorporated into studies of vocal evolution with increasing frequency and sophistication. Here, we review recent advances regarding the integration of museum and media collections to study vocal evolution and ecology of animals with a special emphasis on birds. We consider how digital archives of bioacoustic data combined with vouchered specimens and other biological collections have improved our understanding of geographic variation in vocalizations, longitudinal studies of cultural evolution, and comparative studies of vocal evolution and diversification, among other topics. We highlight case studies that exemplify the novel approaches and insights gained from studies of animal vocalizations that leverage biological collections.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Extended Specimen
Subtitle of host publicationEmerging Frontiers in Collections-Based Ornithological Research
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781498729161
ISBN (Print)9781498729154
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Archives
  • Bird song
  • Specimen

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences
  • General Engineering


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