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Animals move across different temporal and spatial scales to exploit resources in the environment. Well known examples are the diurnal vertical movements in plankton, the dispersal in soil collembolans, and the global scale seasonal migrations in birds, sea turtles and some mammals such as whales. Until recently the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of animal movements could only be inferred from information about the start and endpoints of the migration, using for example different mark-recapture methods. However, new and extremely promising technologies are rapidly becoming available, and in the next few years the situation will be dramatically improved.

CAnMove is contributing to this progress by implementing new technology to track small organisms such as daphnia (nanotechnology), spiders and insects (radar, radio-telemetry, stable isotopes), but also songbirds (geolocators, radio-telemetry), seabirds (GPS loggers), raptors (satellite telemetry) and bats (radio-telemetry).

Our primary goal is to understand the underlying ecological and evolutionary causes and consequences of animal movements, with an emphasis on the process(es) of migration across a large range of spatial scales. By a concerted effort we aim at reaching significant progress on an international scale. Output from this research will be instrumental when addressing problems about the evolution of migration and dispersal, climate change and its effects on biodiversity, spread of diseases and invasive species, all of which are fundamental issues to human societies from a global perspective.

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CAnMove Publications

Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden