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måndag 25 mars 2013

The behavioural ecology of animal movement: reflections upon potential synergies.

Movement is a ubiquitous feature of the lives of animals, and is integral to many important behavioural processes, acting at multiple scales. Animal movement can shape the destiny of individuals and populations; govern community and ecosystem structure; and influence evolutionary processes and patterns of biodiversity.

Thus, CAnMove organised a symposium on "Behavioural Ecology of Animal Movement" as post-conference Symposium following the ISBE conference in Lund, August 2012.

The symposium was very well attended and resulted in a lively discussion among participants - part of which we summarised as an opinion paper that just got published with Animal Migration (doi: 10.2478/ami-2013-0002).

In this short paper, we outline state-of-the-art insight into research carried out covering a diverse range of taxa with focus on different aspects, and present the various methodological approaches ready to be applied to study movement ecology in order to make major advances in this research field. We reflect on the behavioural ecology of animal movement, asking how these two related disciplines can produce new insights and synergies, highlight the latest technological toolkit, exchange our ideas and opinions on current research within the field of movement ecology, and aim to enhance interdisciplinary discussion in this vibrant field in order to identify future directions and methodological approaches to be focused upon.

We want to thank all attendees, and particularly our invited speakers, again, for making this symposium such a great success.

In this spirit we just say: Move on!

M. Liedvogel, B. Chapman, R. Muheim, S. Åkesson (2013): The behavioural ecology of animal movement: reflections upon potential synergies. Animal Migration 1, 39–46.

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