Presentations & Videos

Below are the talks presented at the Symposium on Animal Movement and the Environment, with links (where available) to the video recording of the presentations and materials used in the tutorials. All presentations are archived at

Monday, 5 May 2014

Keynote: Martin Wikelski (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology and the University of Konstanz)
   Move it, baby!

Research Talks 1: Physiology and Disease

Navinder Singh   Internal state versus external environment: combining eco-physiology and movement ecology of a large herbivore

David Jachowski   Linking animal physiology and movement behavior: a case study of the African elephant

Subhash Morzaria (Scott Newman presented in his place)   Connecting the dots: linking livestock development and value-chains, wildlife habitat use and migration, agro-ecological risk factors and genetic sequences of viruses to understand the emergence, spread, and the potential for zoonotic pandemics

Diann J. Prosser   Examining movement ecology of wild birds and their role in disease transmission

Scott Newman   Niche mapping, multi-criteria decision analysis and animal movement data for mapping the risk of avian influenza emergence in Asia

Tutorials 1: Movement Models and Resource Selection Functions

Oz Garton   Synoptic modeling of animal locations: ask important questions by simultaneously estimating home range and resource selection in an information theoretic framework

Christopher Rota   Resource selection functions
Resources: R files

Research Talks 2: Migration

Gil Bohrer   Environmental drivers of variability in the movement ecology of four turkey vulture populations in two continents

Roi Harel (Ran Nathan presented in his place)   Age-related variation in soaring-gliding performance of vultures

Rachel T. Bolus   Do migrating birds respond to altitudinal variation in winds during long, over-water flights?

Pascual López-López   The role of external and internal factors on the movement ecology of long-distance migratory raptors

Kasper Thorup   Linking long-distance migration and resources

Bryant Dossman   The probability of departure from stopover in light of ecological context: behavioral adaptations in response to a migratory barrier

Shay Rotics   Comparison of juvenile and adult migration in white storks (Ciconia ciconia) with implications on survival

Lisa Davenport   A tale of four countries: satellite telemetry of the Orinoco Goose (Neochen jubata) in Peru, Brazil, Bolivia and Colombia

Sarah Supp   Using continental-scale citizen-science data and remote sensing products to identify the drivers of hummingbird migration routes and timing

Michael Hallworth   Migratory connectivity of a Neotropical migratory songbird revealed by archival light-level geolocators

Tutorials 2: Integrative Movement Models

Tal Avgar   Inferring sensory and memory capacities based on telemetry and environmental data

JF Therrien   Irruptive movements and breeding dispersal of snowy owls: a specialized predator exploiting a pulsed resource

Paul G. Blackwell   Bayesian inference for continuous-time modelling of animal movement

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Keynote: Ran Nathan (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
   Movement ecology keeps moving forward: why, how, when and where are we going

Research Talks 3: Techniques and Technology

Holger Dettki   Wireless Remote Animal Monitoring (WRAM): a new international database e-infrastructure for management and sharing of telemetry sensor data from fish and wildlife

Chi Hin Lam   Where are my tags? Go ask Nagbase

Jerry Moxley   Fine-scale movements, nocturnal diving, and evasive maneuvers in a gray seal’s unsuccessful attempt to avoid predation by white sharks revealed through mobile-phone telemetry

David Douglas   Accuracy assessment of Argos Kalman filter location processing

Tutorials 3: Environmental Data

Somayeh Dodge   Environmental data track annotation with Env-DATA
Resources: Presentation and movement animation

David Brandes   Simulating orographic lift, with examples related to land-based wind energy, golden eagles, and griffon vultures

Research Talks 4: Movement Models

Debbie Saunders   Small dynamic migrants: the ultimate challenge in tracking migratory movements

Justin Calabrese   From fine-scale foraging to home ranges: a semi-variance approach to identifying movement modes across spatiotemporal scales

Chris Fleming   Linking statistics of movement to resource dynamics

Andrew M. Allen   Scaling up individual movement patterns to population level movements

Yun Tao   Transient animal home range: methods and applications

James Sheppard   Movement-based estimation and visualization of space use in 3D for wildlife ecology and conservation

Frederic Bartumeus   Multimodal search behaviour in a model organism

Paul Holloway   User decisions in step-selection functions: how selection of model parameters influences the relationship between animal movement and the environment

Eduardo Martins   Modeling fine-scale fish movements in environments with dynamic water levels and complex flows

Research Talks 5: Ecology of Mammals

Kevin McLean   Modeling movement of three neotropical primates using LiDAR-derived measures of forest structure

Nir Sapir   Commuting fruit bats beneficially modulate their flight in relation to wind

Hendrik Edelhoff   Detection of potential dispersal behavior in Red Deer (Cervus elaphus) movement paths: an application for landscape resistance modeling

Aaron Facka   Identification of occupied home ranges using travel distances, changes in speed and final settlement of translocated fishers (Pekania pennanti)

Roger A. Powell   Dynamic black bears

Claude Fischer   Influence of disturbance regimes and landscape characteristics on wild boar space use patterns in a human dominated landscape

Corrie Curtice   Spatially and temporally dynamic humpback feeding areas in Antarctica

Jason Riggio   Current status of Tanzania’s wildlife corridors

Tal Avgar   Analysing caribou space-use as a cognitive movement process

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Keynote: Josh Millspaugh (University of Missouri) (Thomas Bonnot presented in his place)   
Animal movements and models for management and conservation

Research Talks 6: Accelerometry and Group Dynamics

Ariana Strandburg-Peshkin   Leadership and collective motion in Anubis baboons using high-resolution GPS tracking

Damien Farine   Identifying social and non-social affiliations in proximity networks of animal groups on the move

William F. Fagan   Information gathering and movement in dynamic landscapes

Thomas Mueller   Social learning of migratory performance

Andrea Kölzsch   Goose family behaviour decoded by accelerometers and high-frequency GPS

John Fryxell   Accelerometry, behavior, and movement ecology of free-ranging woodland caribou

John W. Wilson   Cheetahs vary hunting strategies depending on prey species

Tutorials 4: Movement Metrics

Bart Kranstauber and Scott LaPoint   The R package move
Resources: Presentation, R code, and R package “move”

Bart Kranstauber   Dynamic Brownian bridge movement models
Resources: Presentation and R code, and R package “move”

Zhenhui Li   Mining animal relationships from movement traces
Resources: MoveMine program and documentation

Jake Wall   ArcMET: Movement Ecology Tools for ArcGIS
Resources: ArcMET program and manual

Research Talks 7: Ecology of Birds

Katherine Mertes   Evaluating scale-dependence in species-environment relationships of East African birds

Orr Spiegel   Moving beyond curve-fitting: complementary evidence on vultures’ long-range forays contradicts Lévy foraging hypothesis

Nicolas Lecomte   Home range variation during breeding in an Arctic predator: the case 5 of peregrine falcons in Yamal, Russia

Landon Jones   Do toucan movements mitigate clumped patterns of seed dispersal in fragmented tropical forest habitat?

Sharon Bewick   Understanding pollinator foraging strategies in terms of dynamic resource landscapes

Ryan Huang   Investigating anthropogenic and environmental impacts on sooty tern survivorship

Erik Kleyheeg   Spatiotemporal variation in landscape use by mallards in Dutch wetlands

Zoe Crysler   Assessing post-breeding dispersal and autumn migratory movements of the Ipswich sparrow

Tutorials 5: Track Segmentation and Interaction

Scott LaPoint   Animal-defined movement corridors
Resources: Presentation, R code, and R package “move”

Joan Garriga   EMbC: an algorithm for behavioral annotation of animal movement
Resources: Presentation and R package “EMbC” for Windows and Linux

Hezi Resheff   Supervised learning of behavior modes from acceleration data
Resources: AcceleRater program, manual, and demo (alternate link); AcceleShow (toy for 3D acceleration demo) for Android and PC