Journal article

An individual-based model of ectotherm movement integrating metabolic and microclimatic constraints

Matthew Malishev, C Michael Bull, Michael R Kearney

METHODS IN ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION | WILEY | Published : 2018

Abstract

An understanding of the direct links between animals and their environment can offer insights into the drivers and constraints to animal movement. Constraints on movement interact in complex ways with the physiology of the animal (metabolism) and physical environment (food and weather), but can be modelled using physical principles of energy and mass exchange. Here, we describe a general, spatially explicit individual-based movement model that couples a nutritional energy and mass budget model (dynamic energy budget theory) with a biophysical model of heat exchange. This provides a highly integrated method for constraining an ectothermic animal's movement in response to how food and microcli..

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