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Proceedings of the 5th Bio-Logging Science Symposium

Edited by: Prof Daniel Costa, Dr Yan Ropert-Coudert 

This thematic issue collects scientific articles that were presented at the 5th International Bio-logging Science (BLS) Symposium, held in Strasbourg in September 2014. BLS symposia foster scientists that work with data-recording devices embarked onto freely living animals, including human, to record biological activity of the carrier and/or the physical parameters of its immediate surroundings. Besides methodological, technical and analytical aspects, BLS is also interested in promoting the scientific advances obtained through the use of bio-loggers. As such, the diversity of the BLS presentations meant that the Proceedings had to distribute over two BioMed Central journals: Animal Biotelemetry and Movement Ecology.


Animal Biotelemetry: Dan Costa and Christian Rutz.
Movement Ecology: Yan Ropert-Coudert, Akiko Kato and Mark Hindell

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  1. Content type: Research

    In animals, recoil motion resulting from underwater propulsion can destabilise trajectory and decrease locomotory performance. The posture of diving seabirds fluctuates simultaneously with their appendage beat...

    Authors: Takuji Noda, Dale M. Kikuchi, Akinori Takahashi, Hiromichi Mitamura and Nobuaki Arai

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2016 4:10

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    The migratory patterns of animals are changing in response to global environmental change with many species forming resident populations in areas where they were once migratory. The white stork (Ciconia ciconia) ...

    Authors: Nathalie I. Gilbert, Ricardo A. Correia, João Paulo Silva, Carlos Pacheco, Inês Catry, Philip W. Atkinson, Jenny A. Gill and Aldina M. A. Franco

    Citation: Movement Ecology 2016 4:7

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  3. Content type: Research

    Determining the habitat use of mobile marine species is important for understanding responses to climate change and aids the implementation of management and conservation measures. Inference of preferred habi...

    Authors: Lara L. Sousa, Nuno Queiroz, Gonzalo Mucientes, Nicolas E. Humphries and David W. Sims

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2016 4:7

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  4. Content type: Commentary

    Animal telemetry is the science of elucidating the movements and behavior of animals in relation to their environment or habitat. Here, we focus on telemetry of aquatic species (marine mammals, sharks, fish, s...

    Authors: Barbara A. Block, Christopher M. Holbrook, Samantha E. Simmons, Kim N. Holland, Jerald S. Ault, Daniel P. Costa, Bruce R. Mate, Andrew C. Seitz, Michael D. Arendt, John C. Payne, Behzad Mahmoudi, Peter Moore, James M. Price, J. Jacob Levenson, Doug Wilson and Randall E. Kochevar

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2016 4:6

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  5. Content type: Research

    Motion detecting archival data loggers such as accelerometers have become increasingly important in animal biotelemetry and offer unique insights into animal behavior, energetics, and kinematics. However, chal...

    Authors: Salvador J. Jorgensen, Adrian C. Gleiss, Paul E. Kanive, Taylor K. Chapple, Scot D. Anderson, Juan M. Ezcurra, W. Tyler Brandt and Barbara A. Block

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:52

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  6. Content type: Short communication

    Investigation of early transmission failure from animal-borne, satellite transmitters should reveal vital information about the reliability of the technology, and the risk of application to the animal. Current...

    Authors: Gerald L. Kooyman, Birgitte I. McDonald and Kimberly T. Goetz

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:54

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  7. Content type: Research

    Marine environments are inherently dynamic, yet marine predators are often long-lived and employ strategies where consistency, individual specialization, routine migrations, and spatial memory are key componen...

    Authors: Rachael A. Orben, Rosana Paredes, Daniel D. Roby, David B. Irons and Scott A. Shaffer

    Citation: Movement Ecology 2015 3:36

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  8. Content type: Research

    Accurate estimates of thermoregulatory costs in air and water are necessary to predict the impacts of changing habitats to individuals and populations of ice-obligate seals. Investigations that would provide s...

    Authors: Allyson G. Hindle, Markus Horning and Jo-Ann E. Mellish

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:50

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  9. Content type: Research

    In order to understand the impact of grazing livestock on pasture ecosystems, it is essential to quantify pasture use intensity at a fine spatial scale and the factors influencing its distribution. The observa...

    Authors: Hermel Homburger, Andreas Lüscher, Michael Scherer-Lorenzen and Manuel K. Schneider

    Citation: Movement Ecology 2015 3:35

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  10. Content type: Short Communication

    Knifing is a behaviour whereby a shark swims directly at the surface with its dorsal fin out of the water. While this behaviour has been reported in a number of species, information on the frequency and timing...

    Authors: Thomas K. Doyle, Ashley Bennison, Mark Jessopp, Damien Haberlin and Luke A. Harman

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:46

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  11. Content type: Research

    In the last decade, thousands of satellite-relayed data loggers (SRDLs) have been deployed, providing large datasets on marine predator movement patterns at sea and their diving behaviour. However, the latter ...

    Authors: Karine Heerah, Mark Hindell, Christophe Guinet and Jean-Benoît Charrassin

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:42

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  12. Content type: Telemetry case report

    Our research focuses on mechanisms that promote and stabilize social behavior, fitness consequences of cooperation, and how interactions with conspecifics structure groups and populations. To this end, we stud...

    Authors: Barbara König, Anna K. Lindholm, Patricia C. Lopes, Akos Dobay, Sally Steinert and Frank Jens-Uwe Buschmann

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:39

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  13. Content type: Telemetry case report

    Understanding the responses of marine vertebrates to spatial and temporal variability of primary productivity is fundamental for their conservation and for predicting how they will be affected by climate chang...

    Authors: Michelle E. Lander, Todd Lindstrom, Matthew Rutishauser, Albert Franzheim and Melinda Holland

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:40

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  14. Content type: Research

    Climate-driven environmental change in the North Pacific has been well documented, with marked effects on the habitat and foraging behavior of marine predators. However, the mechanistic linkages connecting cli...

    Authors: Lesley H. Thorne, Elliott L. Hazen, Steven J. Bograd, David G. Foley, Melinda G. Conners, Michelle A. Kappes, Hyemi M. Kim, Daniel P. Costa, Yann Tremblay and Scott A. Shaffer

    Citation: Movement Ecology 2015 3:27

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  15. Content type: Research

    Attachment of external devices can have negative consequences for the health and fitness of subjects, but these effects are often overlooked. In preparation for a field study with small sea ducks, we investiga...

    Authors: Manfred R. Enstipp, January Frost, Tuula E. Hollmén, Russel D. Andrews and Charles Frost

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:36

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  16. Content type: Research

    Understanding movement patterns of species requires that the spatial and temporal scales of experimental designs are appropriate to the proposed ecological questions. Previous research on large-scale movements...

    Authors: Leanne M. Currey, Michelle R. Heupel, Colin A. Simpfendorfer and Ashley J. Williams

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:41

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  17. Content type: Research

    The spatiotemporal distribution of animals is dependent on a suite of factors, including the distribution of resources, interactions within and between species, physiological limitations, and requirements for ...

    Authors: Michelle A. Kappes, Scott A. Shaffer, Yann Tremblay, David G. Foley, Daniel M. Palacios, Steven J. Bograd and Daniel P. Costa

    Citation: Movement Ecology 2015 3:34

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  18. Content type: Research

    An animal-borne video recording system has recently been developed to study the behavior of free-ranging animals. In contrast to other types of sensor data (i.e., acceleration), video images offer the advantag...

    Authors: Junichi Okuyama, Kana Nakajima, Kenta Matsui, Yuichi Nakamura, Kazuaki Kondo, Takahiro Koizumi and Nobuaki Arai

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:35

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  19. Content type: Research

    Although there have been recent advances in the development of animal-attached ‘proximity’ tags to remotely record the interactions of multiple individuals, the efficacy of these devices depends on the instrum...

    Authors: Sascha K. Hooker, Tatsiana Barychka, Mark J. Jessopp and Iain J. Staniland

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:37

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  20. Content type: Research

    Argos is a dedicated system for geo-localization and data collection of platform terminal transmitters (PTTs). The system exploits a constellation of polar-orbiting satellites recording the messages transmitte...

    Authors: Rémy Lopez, Jean-Pierre Malardé, Patrick Danès and Philippe Gaspar

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:32

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  21. Content type: Research

    Soft-bodied marine invertebrates comprise a keystone component of ocean ecosystems; however, we know little of their behaviors and physiological responses within their natural habitat. Quantifying ocean condit...

    Authors: T. Aran Mooney, Kakani Katija, K. Alex Shorter, Thomas Hurst, Jorge Fontes and Pedro Afonso

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:31

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