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Movement Ecology of Animals
Gordon Research Conference

The Development of an Animal Movement Paradigm

Dates

March 19-24, 2017

Location

Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information

Organizers

Chair:
Anders Hedenstrom

Vice Chair:
Ran Nathan

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was February 19, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description

Animals move in diverse ways, from short foraging trips to seasonal trans-continental migrations, but common to all is that selection favours efficiency and prudent usage of energy, time and risk. The capacity to fly allow many animals to move fast and cost efficiently, although muscle-powered flight is the most strenuous physical activity found. Swimming is even more cost-effective than flight (if measured as the energy cost to move a unit body mass over unit distance), while walking/running is more expensive than flying. Also within these canonical locomotion modes there are different strategies; birds, for example, can fly either by flapping or soaring, and some spiders can walk locally or carried by a silky thread (balloon) for long distances. An animal on the move is assumed to interact with its environment and make movement decisions that result in different routes and behaviours. Information acquisition about the environment embraces the ecological context and the cues for navigation and orientation, dynamically interacting with the internal state of the animal. All in all, grasping the full complexity of animal movement requires combining tools, concepts and ideas across disciplines, making movement ecology a genuine trans-disciplinary field of research. The new field "movement ecology" has seen an enormous growth over the last decade. Previously, movement studies have been strongly divided to different taxonomic groups and/or movement phenomenon. Such division led to many insights, but concepts and tools are rarely shared among specific groups, and there is no common ground for developing general theories. This conference will serve as an inroad to theoretical, methodological and applied consequences of animal movements at all possible scales. A major focus will be the integration of theoretical frameworks hitherto applied to different animal groups, but where common grounds may cross-fertilize research in different systems. We will promote lectures where cross-over between movement using different modes of locomotion and between different scales of movement are made, and to encourage balanced contributions and integrative discussions.

Contributors

Meeting Program

Sunday
4:00 pm - 8:00 pmArrival and Check-in
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmIntegrating Animal Movement Ecology Research
Discussion Leader: Ran Nathan (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel)
7:40 pm - 7:50 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:50 pm - 8:30 pmSimon Levin (Princeton University, USA)
"An Integrated View on Animal Movement"
8:30 pm - 8:40 pmDiscussion
8:40 pm - 9:20 pmJean Clobert (UMR 5321, CNRS, France)
"The Ecology of Dispersal"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Monday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 amGroup Photo
9:00 am - 12:30 pmLarge Animals and Small Creatures – Do They Move Differently?
Discussion Leader: Lars-Anders Hansson (Lund University, Sweden)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amGeoff Spedding (University of Southern California, USA)
"Do Large and Small Wings Work the Same Way?"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amAlan Wilson (Royal Veterinary College, United Kingdom)
"Moving Around the African Savannah: Speed, Agility and Route Choice of Large Carnivores and Herbivores"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmMolly Lutcavage (University of Massachusetts Boston, USA)
"Navigating the Deep: Migration and Life History of Tunas and Billfish"
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmPower Hour
The GRC Power Hour is an optional informal gathering open to all meeting participants. It is designed to help address the challenges women face in science and support the professional growth of women in our communities by providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring.
Organizer: Susanne Akesson (Lund University, Sweden)
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAnimals on the Move in Their Environment
Discussion Leader: Emily Shepard (Swansea University, United Kingdom)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:25 pmPeter Marra (Smithsonian Institution, USA)
"Understanding the Consequences of Movement Dynamics and Seasonal Interactions on Population Dynamics"
8:25 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:20 pmHenri Weimerskirch (Centre d'Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC), CNRS, France)
"Movements in Relation to Winds in Oceanic Birds"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Tuesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmModeling Movement
Discussion Leader: Judy Shamoun-Baranes (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amIain Couzin (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany)
"Collective Behaviour and Migration"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amKamran Safi (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany)
"Empirical Random Trajectories"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmLate-Breaking Topic
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmThe Neurophysiology of Navigating the World
Discussion Leader: Susanne Akesson (Lund University, Sweden)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmMichael Dickinson (California Institute of Technology, USA)
"The Cockpit of the Fly"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmSteven Reppert (University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA)
"Neurobiology and Genetics of Monarch Butterfly Migration"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Wednesday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmWhat Is the Adaptive Benefit of Migration?
Discussion Leader: Anders Hedenstrom (Lund University, Sweden)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amAlice Boyle (Kansas State University, USA)
"Why Migrate: Evaluating Alternative Hypothesis"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amJason Chapman (University of Exeter, United Kingdom)
"Costs, Benefits and Ecological Consequences of Insect Migration"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmLate-Breaking Topic
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmGlobal Environmental Changes and Movement
Discussion Leader: Gil Bohrer (Ohio State University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmChristian Both (University of Groningen, The Netherlands)
"Population Responses to Climate Change"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmJustin Travis (University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom)
"Understanding Animal Movement in Relation to Climate Change"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Thursday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
8:30 am - 9:00 amBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the Next Vice Chair; Fill in Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss Future Site and Scheduling Preferences; Election of the Next Vice Chair
9:00 am - 12:30 pmPathogens on the Move
Discussion Leader: Helena Westerdahl (Lund University, Sweden)
9:00 am - 9:10 amIntroduction by Discussion Leader
9:10 am - 9:50 amWayne Getz (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"The Role of Movement in the Emerging Disease"
9:50 am - 10:05 amDiscussion
10:05 am - 10:35 amCoffee Break
10:35 am - 11:15 amKaren McCoy (MIVEGEC, UMR IRD 224-CNRS 5290, Université de Montpellier, France)
"Comparative Host-Parasite Population Structures in Relation to Host Movements"
11:15 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmNichola Hill (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
"Tracking a Moving Target: How Bird Migration Predicts Influenza Transmission"
12:10 pm - 12:25 pmDiscussion
12:25 pm - 12:30 pmGeneral Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmObserving Movements – How to Track Organisms Across Multiple Scales
Discussion Leader: David Winkler (Cornell University, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmIntroduction by Discussion Leader
7:40 pm - 8:20 pmMartin Wikelski (Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany)
"Earth Observation Through Animals – The Bio-Logging Decade 2018-2028"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pmDiscussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pmSivan Toledo (Tel Aviv University, Israel)
"The ATLAS System for Tracking Animal Movements"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
Friday
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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