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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

  1. Research

    Are white storks addicted to junk food? Impacts of landfill use on the movement and behaviour of resident white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from a partially migratory population

    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) ...

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

    Movement Ecology 2016 4:7

    Published on: 15 March 2016

  2. Research

    Environmental influence on the seasonal movements of satellite-tracked ocean sunfish Mola mola in the north-east Atlantic

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2016 4:7

    Published on: 8 February 2016

  3. Commentary

    Toward a national animal telemetry network for aquatic observations in the United States

    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...

    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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2016 4:6

    Published on: 3 February 2016

  4. Research

    In the belly of the beast: resolving stomach tag data to link temperature, acceleration and feeding in white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias)

    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...

    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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:52

    Published on: 2 November 2015

  5. Short communication

    Why do satellite transmitters on emperor penguins stop transmitting?

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:54

    Published on: 2 November 2015

  6. Research

    Patterns of livestock activity on heterogeneous subalpine pastures reveal distinct responses to spatial autocorrelation, environment and management

    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...

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

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:35

    Published on: 8 October 2015

  7. Short Communication

    A dawn peak in the occurrence of ‘knifing behaviour’ in blue sharks

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:46

    Published on: 8 October 2015

  8. Telemetry case report

    A system for automatic recording of social behavior in a free-living wild house mouse population

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:39

    Published on: 5 October 2015

  9. Telemetry case report

    Development and field testing a satellite-linked fluorometer for marine vertebrates

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:40

    Published on: 2 October 2015

  10. Research

    Foraging behavior links climate variability and reproduction in North Pacific albatrosses

    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...

    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

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:27

    Published on: 1 October 2015

  11. Research

    Two methods of radio transmitter attachment and their effects on the behavior and energetics of captive long-tailed ducks (Clangula hyemalis) during winter

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:36

    Published on: 29 September 2015

  12. Research

    Assessing fine-scale diel movement patterns of an exploited coral reef fish

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:41

    Published on: 29 September 2015

  13. Research

    Reproductive constraints influence habitat accessibility, segregation, and preference of sympatric albatross species

    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 ...

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

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:34

    Published on: 29 September 2015

  14. Research

    Application of a computer vision technique to animal-borne video data: extraction of head movement to understand sea turtles’ visual assessment of surroundings

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:35

    Published on: 29 September 2015

  15. Research

    Improving Argos Doppler location using multiple-model smoothing

    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...

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

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:32

    Published on: 29 September 2015

  16. Research

    Identifying foraging habitats of Baltic ringed seals using movement data

    Identification of key foraging habitats of aquatic top predators is essential for designing effective management and conservation strategies. The Baltic ringed seal (Phoca hispida botnica) interacts with anthropo...

    Sari M. Oksanen, Marja Niemi, Markus P. Ahola and Mervi Kunnasranta

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:33

    Published on: 23 September 2015

  17. Research

    Influence of oceanographic structures on foraging strategies: Macaroni penguins at Crozet Islands

    In the open ocean, eddies and associated structures (fronts, filaments) have strong influences on the foraging activities of top-predators through the enhancement and the distribution of marine productivity, z...

    Cecile Bon, Alice Della Penna, Francesco d’Ovidio, John Y.P. Arnould, Timothée Poupart and Charles-André Bost

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:32

    Published on: 21 September 2015

  18. Software article

    Prying into the intimate secrets of animal lives; software beyond hardware for comprehensive annotation in ‘Daily Diary’ tags

    Smart tags attached to freely-roaming animals recording multiple parameters at infra-second rates are becoming commonplace, and are transforming our understanding of the way wild animals behave. Interpretation...

    James S. Walker, Mark W. Jones, Robert S. Laramee, Mark D. Holton, Emily LC Shepard, Hannah J. Williams, D. Michael Scantlebury, Nikki, J. Marks, Elizabeth A. Magowan, Iain E. Maguire, Owen R. Bidder, Agustina Di Virgilio and Rory P. Wilson

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:29

    Published on: 21 September 2015

  19. Research

    Habitat use and sex-specific foraging behaviour of Adélie penguins throughout the breeding season in Adélie Land, East Antarctica

    Marine predators are ecosystem sentinels because their foraging behaviour and reproductive success reflect the variability occurring in the lower trophic levels of the ecosystem. In an era of environmental cha...

    Michel Widmann, Akiko Kato, Ben Raymond, Frédéric Angelier, Benjamin Arthur, Olivier Chastel, Marie Pellé, Thierry Raclot and Yan Ropert-Coudert

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:30

    Published on: 21 September 2015

  20. Research

    Circadian behaviour of Tectus (Trochus) niloticus in the southwest Pacific inferred from accelerometry

    Behaviour and time spent active and inactive are key factors in animal ecology, with important consequences for bioenergetics. For the first time, here, we equipped the gastropod Tectus (= Trochus) niloticus with...

    Aurélie Jolivet, Laurent Chauvaud, Julien Thébault, Anthony A. Robson, Pascal Dumas, George Amos and Anne Lorrain

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:26

    Published on: 16 September 2015

  21. Research

    In search of rules behind environmental framing; the case of head pitch

    Whether, and how, animals move requires them to assess their environment to determine the most appropriate action and trajectory, although the precise way the environment is scanned has been little studied. We...

    Gwendoline Ixia Wilson, Brad Norman, James Walker, Hannah J. Williams, M. D. Holton, D. Clarke and Rory P. Wilson

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:24

    Published on: 16 September 2015

  22. Methodology article

    Step by step: reconstruction of terrestrial animal movement paths by dead-reckoning

    Research on wild animal ecology is increasingly employing GPS telemetry in order to determine animal movement. However, GPS systems record position intermittently, providing no information on latent position o...

    O. R. Bidder, J. S. Walker, M. W. Jones, M. D. Holton, P. Urge, D. M. Scantlebury, N. J. Marks, E. A. Magowan, I. E. Maguire and R. P. Wilson

    Movement Ecology 2015 3:23

    Published on: 15 September 2015

  23. Research

    Novel foraging strategies observed in a growing leopard seal (Hydrurga leptonyx) population at Livingston Island, Antarctic Peninsula

    Leopard seals are apex predators that can alter the community structure of Antarctic coastal ecosystems. Previous behavioral studies were limited to land-based, daytime observations of foraging leopard seals....

    Douglas J Krause, Michael E Goebel, Gregory J Marshall and Kyler Abernathy

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:24

    Published on: 6 August 2015

  24. Research

    Sound production and associated behavior of tagged fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus) in the Southern California Bight

    For marine animals, acoustic communication is critical for many life functions, yet individual calling behavior is poorly understood for most large whale species. These topics are important for understanding w...

    Alison K Stimpert, Stacy L DeRuiter, Erin A Falcone, John Joseph, Annie B Douglas, David J Moretti, Ari S Friedlaender, John Calambokidis, Glenn Gailey, Peter L Tyack and Jeremy A Goldbogen

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:23

    Published on: 3 August 2015

  25. Review

    The generalized data management and collection protocol for Conductivity-Temperature-Depth Satellite Relay Data Loggers

    The software routines for data sampling and processing that are implemented on-board telemetry devices (tags) called Conductivity-Temperature-Depth Satellite Relay Data Loggers (CTD-SRDLs) enable the simultane...

    Theoni Photopoulou, Michael A. Fedak, Jason Matthiopoulos, Bernie McConnell and Phil Lovell

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:21

    Published on: 29 July 2015

  26. Research

    Development of an animal-borne “sonar tag” for quantifying prey availability: test deployments on northern elephant seals

    Developments in electronic tagging technologies have provided unprecedented insight into the movements and behavior of marine predators. Concurrent information on the prey of these tracked animals, however, is...

    Gareth L. Lawson, Luis A. Hückstädt, Andone C. Lavery, Frédéric M. Jaffré, Peter H. Wiebe, Jonathan R. Fincke, Daniel E. Crocker and Daniel P. Costa

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:22

    Published on: 29 July 2015

  27. Research

    Persistence in diving American mink

    American mink forage on land and in water, with aquatic prey often constituting a large proportion of their diet. Their long, thin body shape and relatively poor insulation make them vulnerable to heat loss, p...

    Joanna M Bagniewska, Lauren A Harrington, Tom Hart, Andrew L Harrington, Laura Fasola and David W Macdonald

    Animal Biotelemetry 2015 3:18

    Published on: 11 July 2015

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