4th International Symposium on
Acoustic Communication by Animals

July 18-21, 2017

Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.

Keynote Speakers


Eileen Hebets

University of Nebraska Lincoln

Evolution and diversification of courtship communication in arachnids.

Vincent Janik

University of St Andrews

Vocal learning in marine mammals

Marta Manser

University of Zurich

The evolution of variation in structure and function in mammalian vocalizations

Frédéric Theunissen

U.C. Berkeley

Meanings in zebra finch vocalization: An investigation of acoustic and neural codes


Invited Speakers

Ximena Bernal

Purdue University

How to eavesdrop on frog calls: Lessons from frog-biting midges

Dan Blumstein


The sound of fear: A journey from marmots in the mountains to Hollywood

Henrik Brumm

Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

Effects of noise on acoustic communication

Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard

University of Southern Denmark

Mechanisms of hearing


Laura Kloepper

Saint Mary’s College

Sounds in swarms: Echolocation of Mexican free-tailed bats in large maternal colonies


Georg Klump

University of Oldenburg

Mechanisms underlying communication processes and related evolutionary adaptations in mammals and birds

Geoff Manley

University of Oldenburg

Auditory evolutionary trajectories and communication

Laura May-Collado

University of Vermont

Evolution, conservation, and behavior in marine mammals.

Robert McCauley

Curtin University

Marine fish calling: Choruses; spawning; feeding; sustained ocean noise; and rhythms


Cory Miller


Neurobiology of natural primate communication

Susan Parks

Syracuse University

Factors shaping signal production in baleen whale communication


Colleen Reichmuth


The secret (and not so silent) lives of seals and other amphibious mammals

Mike Ryan

University of Texas at Austin

What you hear ain’t what you get: Cognitive aspects of mate choice in tungara frogs

Johannes Schul

University of Missouri

Insect communication systems

Brad Story

University of Arizona

Understanding how the shapes, sizes, and movements of both voice source components and the vocal tract contribute to vocal communication

Clementine Vignal

University of Monnet

Acoustic communication and mating behavior in songbirds