Environmental predictability as a cause and consequence of animal movement

Riotte-Lambert, L. and Matthiopoulos, J. (2020) Environmental predictability as a cause and consequence of animal movement. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 35(2), pp. 163-174. (doi: 10.1016/j.tree.2019.09.009) (PMID:31699411)

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Abstract

The impacts of environmental predictability on the ecology and evolution of animal movement have been the subject of vigorous speculation for several decades. Recently, the swell of new biologging technologies has further stimulated their investigation. This advancing research frontier, however, still lacks conceptual unification and has so far focused little on converse effects. Populations of moving animals have ubiquitous effects on processes such as nutrient cycling and seed dispersal and may therefore shape patterns of environmental predictability. Here, we synthesise the main strands of the literature on the feedbacks between environmental predictability and animal movement and discuss how they may react to anthropogenic disruption, leading to unexpected threats for wildlife and the environment.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Animal movement, ecoevolutionary feedbacks, entropy, periodicity, routine behaviour, spatial memory.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Matthiopoulos, Professor Jason and Riotte-Lambert, Dr Louise
Authors: Riotte-Lambert, L., and Matthiopoulos, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0169-5347
ISSN (Online):1872-8383
Published Online:05 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Trends in Ecology and Evolution 35(2):163-174
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
173570Living apart together? The common biological determinants of space use patterns in animalsJason MatthiopoulosThe Royal Society (ROYSOC)NF161261Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
301817Unravellling the biological determinants of space use patterns in animalsJason MatthiopoulosEuropean Commission (EC)794760Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine