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University of California, Berkeley. (2019)

Extensible Tools for Movement Ecology with Applications for the Study and Conservation of Namibian Ungulates

Seidel, Dana Paige.

Titre : Extensible Tools for Movement Ecology with Applications for the Study and Conservation of Namibian Ungulates

Auteur : Seidel, Dana Paige.

Université de soutenance  : University of California, Berkeley.

Grade : Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) 2019

Résumé partiel
Movement ecology is a young sub-discipline in ecology in which researchers apply high resolution location and activity data to analyze animal behavior across multiple scales : from individual foraging decisions to population-level space-use patterns. These analyses con-tribute to various other subfields within ecology—inter alia behavioral, disease, landscape, resource, and wildlife—and may also facilitate novel exploration in fields ranging from conservation planning to public health.

Using a decade of GPS relocation data from zebra (Equus quagga), black rhino (Diceros bicornis), and African elephant (Loxodonta africana) captured and collared in Etosha National Park from 2008–2018, this dissertation reviews developing methods within movement ecology, extends and applies these methods to a threatened and understudied species, and presents a new software package distilling a growing movement ecology tool set for researchers and managers unfamiliar with the domain specific analyses and/or the command line interface of modern statistical analysis (e.g. R).

Despite the growing availability of animal movement data and the potential for broad application in geographic analysis beyond animal ecology, the analytical methods of movement ecology have yet to be fully incorporated in a broader understanding of geographic analysis. Chapter 2, a review written for the Geographical Information Sciences (GIS) community, provides an overview of the most common movement metrics and methods of analysis em-ployed by animal ecologists and emphasizes the potential for movement analyses to promote transdisciplinary research : comparing advances in the young field of movement ecology to parallel developments within the broader field of geographic information sciences.

Présentation (ProQuest)

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