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Sensing the inner space: studying physiology in the field laboratory

This thematic series addresses advances, gaps, and roadmaps for physiological measurements in the field laboratory.

- Techniques, sensors, experimental paradigms and analytical approaches. Studies addressing cardiography, respiration, biopotentials, thermoregulation, oxygen store management, blood chemistry, and metabolism in all species. 

- Novel development or application of sensors to study physiology, including initial studies in the laboratory. 

- Advances in sensor technology that improve functionality for deployment in field scenarios such as novel devices, modification of lab-based sensors or adapted human medical probes, miniaturization, and on-board data analysis. 

- Gaps in technology that limit application of laboratory or medical devices to field studies. Perspectives addressing concepts and priorities for future research. 

Guest Editors: Allyson Hindle and Cassondra Williams

We welcome submissions to this collection through our online submission system. Any accepted articles will appear together on this collection page, as and when the publications are ready.

  1. Detecting when and where animals feed is key to understanding their ecophysiology, but our ability to collect these data in marine mammals remains limited. Here, we test a tag-based accelerometry method to det...

    Authors: Mason R. Cole, Jenifer A. Zeligs, Stefani Skrovan and Birgitte I. McDonald

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2021 9:44

    Content type: Methodology

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  2. Quantifying metabolic rate in free-living animals is invaluable in understanding the costs of behaviour and movement for individuals and communities. Dynamic body acceleration (DBA) metrics, such as vectoral D...

    Authors: Lloyd W. Hopkins, Nathan R. Geraldi, Edward C. Pope, Mark D. Holton, Miguel Lurgi, Carlos M. Duarte and Rory P. Wilson

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2021 9:30

    Content type: Research

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  3. The internal environment of eggs in most birds is regulated by transferring heat energy through contact incubation, maintaining nest microclimate, and frequent egg turning by the incubating parent on its nest....

    Authors: Scott A. Shaffer, Pierre Blévin, Christophe Barbraud, Olivier Chastel and Henri Weimerskirch

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2021 9:17

    Content type: Research

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  4. Salmonids return to the river where they were born in a phenomenon known as mother-river migration. The underpinning of migration has been extensively examined, particularly regarding the behavioral correlatio...

    Authors: Susumu Takahashi, Takumi Hombe, Riku Takahashi, Kaoru Ide, Shinichiro Okamoto, Ken Yoda, Takashi Kitagawa and Yuya Makiguchi

    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2021 9:9

    Content type: Methodology

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