A decade of movement ecology

Joo, Rocío, Picardi, Simona, Boone, Matthew E, Clay, Thomas A ORCID: 0000-0002-0644-6105, Patrick, Samantha C ORCID: 0000-0003-4498-944X, Romero-Romero, Vilma S and Basille, Mathieu
A decade of movement ecology.

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Movement is fundamental to life, shaping population dynamics, biodiversity patterns, and ecosystem structure. Recent advances in tracking technology have enabled fundamental questions about movement to be tackled, leading to the development of the movement ecology framework (MEF), considered a milestone in the field [1]. The MEF introduced an integrative theory of organismal movement, linking internal state, motion capacity and navigation capacity to external factors. Here, a decade later, we investigated the current state of research in the field. Using a text mining approach on >8000 peer-reviewed papers in movement ecology, we explored the main research topics, evaluated the impact of the MEF, and assessed changes in the use of technological devices, software and statistical methods. The number of publications has increased considerably and there have been major technological changes in the past decade (i.e.~increased use of GPS devices, accelerometers and video cameras, and a convergence towards R), yet we found that research focuses on the same questions, specifically, on the effect of environmental factors on movement and behavior. In practice, it appears that movement ecology research does not reflect the MEF. We call on researchers to transform the field from technology-driven to embrace interdisciplinary collaboration, in order to reveal key processes underlying movement (e.g.~navigation), as well as evolutionary, physiological and life-history consequences of particular strategies.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 17 pages including figures; 7 figures
Uncontrolled Keywords: q-bio.PE, q-bio.PE, q-bio.OT
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2020 10:19
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2021 08:11
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3090317