Movement ecology

Improving spatial predictions of animal resource selection to guide conservation decision making

Resource selection is often studied by ecologists interested in the environmental drivers of animal space use and movement. These studies commonly produce spatial predictions, which are of considerable utility to resource managers making habitat and …

On-animal acoustic monitoring provides insight to ungulate foraging behavior

Foraging behavior underpins many ecological processes; however, robust assessments of this behavior for free-ranging animals are rare due to limitations to direct observations. We leveraged acoustic monitoring and GPS tracking to assess the factors …

Behavioral valuation of landscapes using movement data

We review the ways in which movement data can be used to infer the value of spatial locations to animals

Assessing the utility of satellite transmitters for identifying nest locations and foraging behavior of the threatened Marbled Murrelet Brachyramphus marmoratus

We show that small satellite tags are of limited utility for identifying nesting locations for the Marbled Murrelet.

Applying network theory to animal movements to identify properties of landscape space use

We describe a novel application of network theory to fine-scale animal movement data, using African elephants, giant Galapagos tortoises and mule deer as examples.

Movement reveals scale dependence in habitat selection of a large ungulate

Using a novel method to assess habtiat selection across spatiotemporal scales defined by animals movements, we show that mule deer display scale-dependent responses to most habitat features but scale-invariant avoidance of natural gas development.

Black bear population ecology in Ontario

This project is focused on understanding what factors influence variation in black bear population density across the province of Ontario. We are using non-invasive sampling and spatial capture-recapture models to estimate black bear population density and relate variation in density to factors such as harvest, habitat fragmentation and climate.

Causes and consequences of variation in animal space-use and movement

Under construction Team members involed in this project Brynn McLellan Grace Bullington Helena Rheault Joe Northrup Maegwin Bonar Robby Marrotte Tyler Ross

Mule deer and natural gas development in the Piceance Basin

The focus of this research is to understnad how natural gas development influences the behavior and population dynamics of mule deer. Natural gas development increased rapidly throughout western North America through the 2000s.

Southern Hudson Bay polar bears

Under construction Team members involed in this project Joe Northrup Tyler Ross