Key questions in marine megafauna movement ecology

TitleKey questions in marine megafauna movement ecology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHays G.C, Ferreira L.C, Sequeira A.MM, Meekan M.G, Duarte C.M, Bailey H., Bailleul F., W. Bowen D, Caley M.J, Costa D.P, Eguiluz V.M, Fossette S., Friedlaender A.S, Gales N., Gleiss A.C, Gunn J., Harcourt R., Hazen E.L, Heithaus M.R, Heupel M., Holland K., Horning M., Jonsen I., Kooyman G.L, Lowe C.G, Madsen P.T, Marsh H., Phillips R.A, Righton D., Ropert-Coudert Y., Sato K., Shaffer S.A, Simpfendorfer C.A, Sims D.W, Skomal G., Takahashi A., Trathan P.N, Wikelski M., Womble J.N, Thums M.
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
Date Published2016/06
Type of ArticleReview
ISBN Number0169-5347
Accession NumberWOS:000376807700009
Keywordsanimal; body acceleration; dynamic ocean; eumetopias-jubatus; global patterns; long-distance migration; Movement; oxygen-consumption; steller sea lions; telemetry data; top-predator

It is a golden age for animal movement studies and so an opportune time to assess priorities for future work. We assembled 40 experts to identify key questions in this field, focussing on marine megafauna, which include a broad range of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish. Research on these taxa has both underpinned many of the recent technical developments and led to fundamental discoveries in the field. We show that the questions have broad applicability to other taxa, including terrestrial animals, flying insects, and swimming invertebrates, and, as such, this exercise provides a useful roadmap for targeted deployments and data syntheses that should advance the field of movement ecology.

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