1st Conference on
Acoustic Communication by Animals

July 27-30, 2003

University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Sponsored by the
Acoustical Society of America
The Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing, University of Maryland

This four-day conference will bring together experts, students and others working in the field of acoustic communication by animals. The topics will cover a wide range of subjects on all species of animals in this expanding field of acoustics.

Conference program now available. Please see below for this and other information about the meeting.

Conference program is now available (in MS Word format).

To learn more about the conference site, things to do while at the University of Maryland, places to eat, and lot's of other things please visit: www.bsos.umd.edu/cebh/acoustics/index2.html

Download Conference information here including instructions for preparing and submitting abstracts, short course outline, registration, housing, financial aid, travel directions and transportation information:

Conference booklet including all information and forms in MS Word format

Conference booklet including all conference information and forms in PDF format

Conference forms (registration, abstract submission, etc) in MS Word format

Conference forms (registration, abstract submission, etc) in PDF format

Link to on-line registration and other conference information

Outline for Short Course on Introduction to Acoustics and Communication


1. For those doing posters, we will be using cork boards and pinswill be provided. The boards are 4 feet high (1.22 m) and 8 feet (2.44m) wide. You may use the complete extent of the poster board, but keep in mind that while the poster board's usable area is 4 feet high, the bottom of the board area starts 4 feet off of the ground.

2. For those presenting contributed talks, you have 15 minutesincuding time for questions. You should plan on 12 minutes for yourtalk and 3 minutes for questions. Due to a very full program, we will be strict with time.

3. All oral presentations must use powerpoint or overhead projector. However, since the room we are using is large (and very comfortable) we encourage powerpoint presentations. We will have a single computer attached to our projector and all presentations must be put on that computer well before the session you are in begins. We will have computers available on Saturday before the start of the meeting and at registration on Sunday in order for you to turn in, and test out, your presentation. Please bring your presentation on CD ROM or Zip disk. BUT, all must be PC compatible. We will NOT have MacIntosh facilities.

4. We will send out a draft program within a week so you will knowif you are doing a poster or oral presentation. Everyone who only wanted an oral presentation will have that. Everyone who only wanted a poster will have that. While we realize that some people may want to switch presentation formats, this is not going to be possible since the program is very full.

5. Special events:

Sunday night -- opening reception (with dinner)

Monday late afternoon - special talk and concert by Professor Jelle Atema demonstrating ancient flutes

Tuesday late afternoon - opportunities to visit labs of the Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (C-CEBH)

Wednesday evening - pizza and taxa. Special interest dinners (pizza) with others interested in particular animal groups. The groups will be: invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, birds and reptiles, mammals (non-echolocating), mammals (echolocating).