Symposium: Linking individual behavior to community responses in changing landscapes

May 13, 2019
Burke Auditorium, Kroon Hall See map
195 Prospect St
New Haven, CT 06511

Biodiversity change is ultimately an aggregate of manifold changes playing out at the level of single individuals and their interactions with others and the environment. How the individual use of space, resources, and environments then combine to collectively form ecological patterns at the level of communities is one of the most intriguing questions at the interface of a behavior and ecology, and of fundamental relevance for global change science. After animal movement studies have begun to uncover these links for many individuals of single species, new scalable GPS tracking technologies and fine-scale airborne and satellite remote sensing now enable a previously impossible multi-species perspective.

In this symposium, we will discuss the integrative research opportunities that an intensive single-site, simultaneous multi-species study system using these new technologies would provide. We plan to test hypotheses around individual/species co-occurrence and interactions in a spatiotemporally scalable fashion and explore the potential for experiments benefiting from tracking technology to link behavioral and ecological processes. We will take wildlife-rich tropical regions as particular focus and assess how mechanistic insights connecting individual and community level processes can may inform the sustainable management of these landscape and their livelihoods under future climate and land-use change.

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9:00 am Tracking Biodiversity Movement:

Walter Jetz (Yale, MPYC): From individualmovements to species and community ecology

Martin Wikelski (MPIO, MPYC): The Internet of Animals: a global collective of intelligent sensors for Planet Earth

9:45 am Multi-Species Movement Ecology:

Meg Crofoot (UC Davis):

Roland Kays (NC State): Comparative tracking of four frugivores

Katherine Mertes (Smithsonian): Animal movements reveal the spatial scale of the ecological niche

11:00 am Integrating Multi-Individual Behavior:

Dan Rubenstein (Princeton U): Wild Equid Movements: The Importance of Habitat Quality, Predation Pressure and Leadership

Blair Costelloe (MPIO): Quantitative field studies of collective behavior: an approach using drones and computer vision

Damien Farine (MPIO): High-resolution GPS tracking of individual movement, collective movement, and population-level social structure

1:15 pm From Individual Movement to Species Ecology:

Dustin Rubenstein (Columbia U): How environmental variation in time and space affects group structure and dynamics in social species

Raul Costa-Pereira (McMaster): Individual niche variation in interacting species

Brett Jesmer (Yale, MPYC): Causes and consequences of individual niche variation

Remington Moll (Michigan State): Challenges and opportunities in modeling mammal communities across space and time

3:45 pm Movement Informed by Remote Sensing:

Doris Klein  Doris Klein (Earth Observation Center): Remote Sensing for landscape characterization

Ryan Pavlick Ryan Pavlick (NASA): Integrating animal tracking with the next generation of ecosystem remote sensing

3:45 pm Movement Ecology, Conservation, and Global Change:

Matthew Mutinda (Kenya Wildlife Service): Motivation to move in savanna ecosystems: communities and wildlife past and present

Jared Stabach (Smithsonian): Wildebeest as Sentinels of Habitat Change and Connectivity

Vanessa Ezenwa (U Georgia): Linking individual behavior to community responses: is there a role for parasites?

Tyler Kartzinel (Brown): Connecting earth observations with ecological networks

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