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Sensing the inner space: studying physiology in the field laboratory

This thematic series is published in  New Content Item Animal Biotelemetry.

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.

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  1. Chronotypes describe consistent differences between individuals in biological time-keeping. They have been linked both with underlying variation in the circadian system and fitness. Quantification of chronotyp...

    Authors: Aurelia F. T. Strauß, Dominic J. McCafferty, Andreas Nord, Marina Lehmann and Barbara Helm
    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2022 10:27
  2. Despite rapid advances in sensor development and technological miniaturization, it remains challenging to non-invasively record small-amplitude electrophysiological signals from an animal in its natural enviro...

    Authors: Jessica M. Kendall-Bar, Ritika Mukherji, Jordan Nichols, Catherine Lopez, Daniel A. Lozano, Julie K. Pitman, Rachel R. Holser, Roxanne S. Beltran, Matt Schalles, Cara L. Field, Shawn P. Johnson, Alexei L. Vyssotski, Daniel P. Costa and Terrie M. Williams
    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2022 10:16
  3. Monitoring and assessing cardiac activity in animals, especially heart rate variability, has been gaining importance in the last few years as an indicator of animal health, well-being and physical condition. T...

    Authors: Radana Kahankova, Jakub Kolarik, Jindřich Brablik, Katerina Barnova, Ivana Simkova and Radek Martinek
    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2022 10:15
  4. Environmental conditions can influence animal movements, determining when and how much animals move. Yet few studies have quantified how abiotic environmental factors (e.g., ambient temperature, snow depth, pr...

    Authors: Caleb M. Bryce, Carolyn E. Dunford, Anthony M. Pagano, Yiwei Wang, Bridget L. Borg, Stephen M. Arthur and Terrie M. Williams
    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2022 10:1
  5. Bats are remarkable in their dynamic control over body temperature, showing both hypothermia with torpor and hyperthermia during flight. Despite considerable research in understanding bats’ thermoregulation me...

    Authors: Jinhong Luo, Stefan Greif, Huan Ye, Sara Bumrungsri, Ofri Eitan and Yossi Yovel
    Citation: Animal Biotelemetry 2021 9:45
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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