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
ResearchWe detected that the probability of entering into searching behaviour during pre-breeding movements of snowy owls nesting in the Arctic is influenced by snow cover and depth. This suggests that this top predator, which shows a lack of breeding site fidelity, adapts its searching effort to environmental conditions encountered along its path.
ResearchLandscape structure based on continuous forest cover contributes to the explanation of the spatial habitat selection of red deer. The combined use of animal movement analysis and remote sensing data proved to be valuable but is not yet fully explored.
Software articleThis paper introduces the AcceleRater software tool for deducing animal behavior from accelerometer measurements, and demonstrates its capabilities for analyzing behavioral modes of Griffon Vultures.
ResearchThe authors developed methods to objectively identify non-linear patterns in daily activity budgets during the 'overwinter' period of non-breeding for two species of Hawaiian albatrosses. Using time-series of positional and immersion-state data, the authors reveal that these species make parallel adjustments to activity budgets throughout overwinter, likely reflecting compromised flight from active wing moult and a subsequent shift in priorities toward mass gain for breeding.
ResearchThis study used large-scale acoustic monitoring networks to elucidate migration patterns and identify potential wintering grounds of North Atlantic minke whales. Results reveal details of minke whale spring and fall migration routes in the western North Atlantic and confirm their presence off the southeastern US and the Caribbean during winter months.
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.