A new 'view' of ecology and conservation through animal-borne video systems

Remington J. Moll, Joshua J. Millspaugh, Jeff Beringer, Joel Sartwell, Zhihai He

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    Abstract

    Over the past three decades, technological advances for monitoring wild animals have expanded the ability of ecologists to study animal behavior and space use. Currently, researchers are deploying animal-borne video and environmental data collection systems (AVEDs), which enable researchers to see what the animal sees in the field. AVEDs record fine-scale movements as well as features of the surrounding environment and thus provide essential context for understanding animal decisions and interactions with other individuals. These fine-scale data are often crucial for understanding potential conservation threats to species of concern. Here, we discuss the development and research potential offered by AVEDs. The benefits of AVEDs are greatest in hypothesis-driven studies that require a fine-scale perspective that other technologies cannot offer.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)660-668
    Number of pages9
    JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
    Volume22
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Dec 2007

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