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
ResearchAcorn woodpeckers are territorial social birds that forage on acorns and store them in granaries. We show that their movement patterns across years of high and low acorn production are consistent with Optimal Foraging Theory by flying shorter distances in years of high acorn production despite the fact that they visit more trees in high crop years.
ResearchShould individuals in a leaderless animal group rely on their own knowledge and navigate independently or should they copy the movements of their neighbours? We use computer simulations to show that, regardless of group size and individual navigational ability, the most accurate group navigation performance occurs when individuals give very little weight to their own navigational knowledge and instead copy the movement directions of a limited number of their nearest neighbours.
ReviewMigratory animals face distinctive challenges in responding to rapidly changing environments globally, and we encourage a distinction between variations in movements forced upon migrants by overwhelming environmental changes and those that arise from individual “strategic” decisions. Migratory strategies respond to cues from the environment, and much can be learned by thinking about the reliability of those cues and the mechanisms that allow strategies to accommodate to changes in the cues or in the environments to which they are correlated.
CommentaryMonitoring the movements of billions of organisms that travel through the air, influencing population dynamics, community interactions and ecosystem services, is a formidable challenge. The European Network for the Radar surveillance of Animal Movement (ENRAM) aims at integrating operational weather radar networks and other techniques to monitor the aerial movement of animals across Europe for a broad range of stakeholders, providing new opportunities and challenges for movement ecology research.
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.