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
ResearchThe authors used GPS data from three ungulate species (chamois, ibex, red deer) co-occurring in their study area, the Swiss National Park, to delineate the animals’ core foraging areas. When they compared the forage resources in the animals’ core foraging areas based on forage quantity (plant biomass) and quality (plant nitrogen content) maps developed from airborne imaging spectroscopy we found marked differences between the three species.
ResearchHabitat-specific movement models can be used to compare species' movement patterns across structurally different landscapes. In a case study, we compare the movement patterns of an endangered butterfly, the false heath fritillary, across a riparian landscape and a more mosaic-like inland landscape and show that the former results into more directional, longitudinal movement patterns in this species.
ResearchThe authors used accelerometers collars on captive pumas to train a random forest algorithm for predicting behaviors of free-ranging pumas. Fine-scale movement behaviors were predicted with greater than 95% accuracy, with future implications for using accelerometers to identify predation behavior and energetic expenditures in pumas and other species.
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.