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We seek to understand animal responses to current and future global change from the big picture all the way down to the smallest details.

We examine animal movement across various scales from tracking individuals such as white storks across their lifetime to watching whole populations migrate between key life-history habitats through satellites. By understanding how and why animals move, we can start to determine the drivers of their movement and infer how they might move in the future as the planet continues to change.

Tackling these exciting questions requires large amounts of biodiversity data and combining these with the environmental conditions of animals in space and time. To do this, our group develops advanced computational tools and leverages large datasets from collaborators across the world.
White Stork
Ciconia ciconia
Flammulated Owl
Psiloscops flammeolus
Photo credit: Scott Yanco
Photo credit: Nyambayar Batbayar,
Wildlife science and conservation
center of Mongolia and MPIAB

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NASA Internet of ANimals

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NASA Internet of Animals

A growing demand for ecological insights provided by next-generation animal tracking technology has prompted NASA to convene animal movement experts across academic, agency, and conservation arenas to define the key questions, needs, and opportunities for the future of spaceborne animal tracking. The BGC Center is collaborating with NASA to coordinate activities with the ecological community, conduct animal movement research, and develop novel computational tools to support diverse uses of animal movement and remotely sensed information at a global scale.

Sharing a crowded planet


Ecological NIches