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New frontiers in biologging science

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posted on 2009-06-23, 00:00 authored by C Rutz, Graeme HaysGraeme Hays
The term ‘biologging’ refers to the use of miniaturized animal-attached tags for logging and/or relaying of data about an animal's movements, behaviour, physiology and/or environment. Biologging technology substantially extends our abilities to observe, and take measurements from, free-ranging, undisturbed subjects, providing much scope for advancing both basic and applied biological research. Here, we review highlights from the third international conference on biologging science, which was held in California, USA, from 1 to 5 September 2008. Over the last few years, considerable progress has been made with a range of recording technologies as well as with the management, visualization, integration and analysis of increasingly large and complex biologging datasets. Researchers use these techniques to study animal biology with an unprecedented level of detail and across the full range of ecological scales—from the split-second decision making of individuals to the long-term dynamics of populations, and even entire communities. We conclude our report by suggesting some directions for future research.

History

Journal

Biology letters

Volume

5

Pagination

289 - 292

Location

London, England

Open access

  • Yes

ISSN

1744-9561

eISSN

1744-957X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2009, Royal Society Publishing