Tracking turtles in the Mediterranean

A Macaroni penguin with attached tracking device. (Image by A Sheffer)

Tracking seabirds for conservation

Seabirds are arguably the most threatened group of birds on the planet and conservation scientists all around the planet are working to understand how we can better protect this group of animals. Many studies involve tracking the movements of these highly mobile birds using a suite of tracking technology (telemetry). CEED recently joined forces with […]

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First dog in space

As our workshop report on animal telemetry suggests, animal telemetry has come of age. But the technology has a history that now extends back some fifty years. One of the first well publicised uses of animal telemetry involves the sad tale of Laika, the first dog in space. In 1957, Laika was rocketed into orbit […]

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Animal tracks in the bank

A suite of online data repositories have been established in recent years to host animal tracking records. As our workshop report (on animal telemetry) on page 14 points out, this gives us an opportunity to synthesise hundreds of thousands of animal telemetry datasets. Here are three examples of repositories. Movebank: a free, online database of […]

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“I want one!” A juvenile southern elephant seal (Mirounga leonina) equipped with a state-of-the-art CTD- SRDL
(Conductivity – Temperature Depth, Satellite-Relay Data Logger). See Roquet et al (2014) for more info.
(Photo by Clive McMahon)

Telemetry and better decision making

Connecting animal telemetry and spatial conservation: A CEED Workshop (University of Queensland, February 2015) The use of animal-borne telemetric devices is a powerful tool for ecologists and wildlife managers. Since the first devices were deployed back in the 1950s (see the story on Laika on page 16) advances in technology and reductions in price have […]

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