Animal Ecology Group, Research and Innovation
Centre Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy and IMéRA Marseille
Every step you take: From Bio-Logging to mechanistic movement models
Bio-Logging technologies provide unprecedented time-series of behavioural and physiological variables. However, the understanding and quantification of mechanisms underpinning these observations is still under development. For example, the role of latent cognitive variables - such as memory and perception - in explaining the use of space and resources by mammals has been so far largely restricted to empirical work in laboratory and controlled settings, or theoretical modelling. Recent research has reconciled mechanistic movement modelling with observational studies in wild settings by using bio-logging data to parametrize the models and predict observed patterns. The use of high-resolution, high-accuracy new generation bio-logging devices, combined with robust experimental designs in wild settings, promises to contribute to a new era in mathematical modelling of complex processes ranging from animal behaviour to species distributions.