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Emerging perspectives on resource tracking and animal movement ecology

April 28, 2021

Resource tracking, where animals increase energy gain by moving to track phenological variation in resources across space, is emerging as a fundamental attribute of animal movement ecology. However, a theoretical framework to understand when and where resource tracking should occur, and how resource tracking should lead to emergent ecological patterns, is lacking. We present a framework that unites concepts from optimal foraging theory and landscape ecology, which can be used to generate and test predictions on how resource dynamics shape animal movement across taxa, systems, and scales. Consideration of the interplay between animal movement and resource dynamics not only advances ecological understanding but can also guide biodiversity conservation in an era of global change.

Publication Year 2021
Title Emerging perspectives on resource tracking and animal movement ecology
DOI 10.1016/j.tree.2020.10.018
Authors Briana Abrahms, Ellen O. Aikens, Jonathan B. Armstrong, William W. Deacy, Matthew Kauffman, Jerod A. Merkle
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Trends in Ecology & Evolution
Index ID 70229129
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Coop Res Unit Seattle