Identifying the time scale of synchronous movement: a study on tropical snakes
Tom Lindstrom, Benjamin L Phillips, Gregory P Brown, Richard Shine
MOVEMENT ECOLOGY | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Individual movement is critical to organismal fitness and also influences broader population processes such as demographic stochasticity and gene flow. Climatic change and habitat fragmentation render the drivers of individual movement especially critical to understand. Rates of movement of free-ranging animals through the landscape are influenced both by intrinsic attributes of an organism (e.g., size, body condition, age), and by external forces (e.g., weather, predation risk). Statistical modelling can clarify the relative importance of those processes, because externally-imposed pressures should generate synchronous displacements among individuals within a population, whereas..View full abstract
We thank the staff of Beatrice Hill Farm for access to their land and the Northern Territory Land Corporation for access to facilities. Tom Lindstrom was funded by the Swedish Research Council and Richard Shine was funded by the Australian Research Council.