Wave-like Patterns of Plant Phenology Determine Ungulate Movement Tactics

Ellen O. Aikens, Atle Mysterud, Jerod A. Merkle, Francesca Cagnacci, Inger Maren Rivrud, Mark Hebblewhite, Mark A. Hurley, Wibke Peters, Scott Bergen, Johannes De Groeve, Samantha P.H. Dwinnell, Benedikt Gehr, Marco Heurich, A. J.Mark Hewison, Anders Jarnemo, Petter Kjellander, Max Kröschel, Alain Licoppe, John D.C. Linnell, Evelyn H. MerrillArthur D. Middleton, Nicolas Morellet, Lalenia Neufeld, Anna C. Ortega, Katherine L. Parker, Luca Pedrotti, Kelly M. Proffitt, Sonia Saïd, Hall Sawyer, Brandon M. Scurlock, Johannes Signer, Patrick Stent, Pavel Šustr, Tara Szkorupa, Kevin L. Monteith, Matthew J. Kauffman

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Using GPS-tracking from 61 populations of four ungulate species, Aikens et al. provide evidence that the dynamic nature of forage resources generates the diversity of movement tactics used by animals. Specifically, patterns of spring green-up shaped how closely animals tracked resources and where migration occurred across temperate ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3444-3449.e4
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 7 2020


  • Capreolus capreolus
  • Cervus canadensis
  • Cervus elaphus
  • Odocoileus hemionus
  • green wave
  • migration
  • residency
  • resource landscape
  • resource tracking


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