Movement Ecology is an open-access interdisciplinary journal publishing novel insights from empirical and theoretical approaches into the ecology of movement of the whole organism - either animals, plants or microorganisms - as the central theme. We welcome manuscripts on any taxa and any movement phenomena (e.g. foraging, dispersal and seasonal migration) addressing important research questions on the patterns, mechanisms, causes and consequences of organismal movement. Manuscripts will be rigorously peer-reviewed to ensure novelty and high quality.
- Ran Nathan, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Luca Giuggioli, University of Bristol
Society affiliationsMovement Ecology is affiliated with the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology
Step selection functions provide a statistical structure for predicting movement in context of landscape covariates. We review how to estimate these models from telemetry data and suggest applications for conservation or management. Also, we identify potential pitfalls and needs for future development such as the role of behaviour, individuality and, the state of the animal.
A lab-derived navigation model for rodents casts new light on field navigation in pigeons and honeybees. But field studies can also illuminate lab paradoxes, such as the effect of scale on spatial encoding.
Elephant ranges are large and dynamic and thus provide a challenge for conservation. We study the movement of elephants in The Marsabit protected area in Kenya using GPS collars and remote sensing data that provide the information of the environmental context of the movement. We found that the elevational migration of individual elephants closely matched the patterns of greening and senescing of vegetation in their home range.
We review a variety of ecological systems where species utilize windows of habitat connectivity to move between populations and habitat patches, where the windows open and close across a wide temporal spectrum due to disturbances or the presence of other individuals/species. Understanding patterns of movement in such systems will be critical for managing relevant species, particularly given that climate and landcover change could alter that rates at which these connectivity windows once opened and closed naturally.
Ran Nathan is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and director of the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology. His Movement Ecology Lab studies foraging, dispersal, migration and other types of movements in plants and animals, mostly birds. These studies typically combine advanced biotelemetry of free-ranging animals, mechanistic models, molecular tools, and various observational and experimental approaches in the laboratory and in the field, both in Israel and around the world.
Dr Luca Giuggioli is a faculty member of the Department of Engineering Mathematics and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK, and a core member of the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences. Work in his lab focuses on addressing fundamental questions in animal ecology to explain a variety of phenomena including behavioural interactions, foraging, social spacing, collective movement and epidemic disease spread. These studies involve the use of mathematical, computational and statistical techniques to develop mechanistic models of organism movement that explain empirical observations.
Minerva Center for Movement Ecology
The Minerva Center for Movement Ecology is an international interdisciplinary organization of researchers that have set a common goal to advance groundbreaking integrative research on the movement of organisms.
The center, established in January 2012, is sponsored by the Minerva Foundation together with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It aims at offering various collaborative activities such as workshops and meetings, as well as opportunities to train and promote young researchers, to develop new technologies, data analysis tools, scientific networks and research facilities. In particular, the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology will work together with Movement Ecology to advance the dissemination of research on various movement ecology themes.