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Utility of biological sensor tags in animal conservation

Wilson, A. D. M., Wikelski, M., Wilson, R. P. and Cooke, S. J. 2015, Utility of biological sensor tags in animal conservation, Conservation biology, vol. 29, no. 4, pp. 1065-1075, doi: 10.1111/cobi.12486.

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Title Utility of biological sensor tags in animal conservation
Author(s) Wilson, A. D. M.
Wikelski, M.
Wilson, R. P.
Cooke, S. J.
Journal name Conservation biology
Volume number 29
Issue number 4
Start page 1065
End page 1075
Total pages 11
Publisher Wiley
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015-08
ISSN 1523-1739
Keyword(s) bio-registro
bio-telemetría
biologging
biotelemetry
electronic tags
etiquetas electrónicas
Summary Electronic tags (both biotelemetry and biologging platforms) have informed conservation and resource management policy and practice by providing vital information on the spatial ecology of animals and their environments. However, the extent of the contribution of biological sensors (within electronic tags) that measure an animal's state (e.g., heart rate, body temperature, and details of locomotion and energetics) is less clear. A literature review revealed that, despite a growing number of commercially available state sensor tags and enormous application potential for such devices in animal biology, there are relatively few examples of their application to conservation. Existing applications fell under 4 main themes: quantifying disturbance (e.g., ecotourism, vehicular and aircraft traffic), examining the effects of environmental change (e.g., climate change), understanding the consequences of habitat use and selection, and estimating energy expenditure. We also identified several other ways in which sensor tags could benefit conservation, such as determining the potential efficacy of management interventions. With increasing sensor diversity of commercially available platforms, less invasive attachment techniques, smaller device sizes, and more researchers embracing such technology, we suggest that biological sensor tags be considered a part of the necessary toolbox for conservation. This approach can measure (in real time) the state of free-ranging animals and thus provide managers with objective, timely, relevant, and accurate data to inform policy and decision making.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12486
Field of Research 05 Environmental Sciences
06 Biological Sciences
07 Agricultural And Veterinary Sciences
050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Wiley
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30077719

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