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Review article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

A role for lakes in revealing the nature of animal movement using high dimensional telemetry systems

Lennox, Robert J.; Westrelin, Samuel; Souza, Allan T.; Smejkal, Marek; Riha, Milan; Prchalova, Marie; Nathan, Ran; Koeck, Barbara; Killen, Shaun; Jaric, Ivan; Gjelland, Karl; Hollins, Jack; Hellstrom, Gustav; Hansen, Henry; Cooke, Steven J.; Boukal, David; Brooks, Jill L.; Brodin, Tomas; Baktoft, Henrik; Adam, Timo; Arlinghaus, Robert
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Movement ecology is increasingly relying on experimental approaches and hypothesis testing to reveal how, when, where, why, and which animals move. Movement of megafauna is inherently interesting but many of the fundamental questions of movement ecology can be efficiently tested in study systems with high degrees of control. Lakes can be seen as microcosms for studying ecological processes and the use of high-resolution positioning systems to triangulate exact coordinates of fish, along with sensors that relay information about depth, temperature, acceleration, predation, and more, can be used to answer some of movement ecology's most pressing questions. We describe how key questions in animal movement have been approached and how experiments can be designed to gather information about movement processes to answer questions about the physiological, genetic, and environmental drivers of movement using lakes. We submit that whole lake telemetry studies have a key role to play not only in movement ecology but more broadly in biology as key scientific arenas for knowledge advancement. New hardware for tracking aquatic animals and statistical tools for understanding the processes underlying detection data will continue to advance the potential for revealing the paradigms that govern movement and biological phenomena not just within lakes but in other realms spanning lands and oceans.


Telemetry; Sensor; Biologging; Movement ecology; Fish ecology

Published in

Movement Ecology
2021, volume: 9, number: 1, article number: 40
Publisher: BMC

Authors' information

Lennox, Robert J.
Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE)
Westrelin, Samuel
Souza, Allan T.
Czech Academy of Sciences
Smejkal, Marek
Czech Academy of Sciences
Riha, Milan
Czech Academy of Sciences
Prchalova, Marie
Czech Academy of Sciences
Nathan, Ran
Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Koeck, Barbara
University of Glasgow
Killen, Shaun
University of Glasgow
Jaric, Ivan
University of South Bohemia Ceske Budejovice
Gjelland, Karl
Norwegian Institute Nature Research
Hollins, Jack
University of Glasgow
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Hansen, Henry
Karlstad University
Cooke, Steven J.
Carleton University
Boukal, David
Czech Academy of Sciences
Brooks, Jill L.
Carleton University
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Wildlife, Fish and Environmental Studies
Baktoft, Henrik
Technical University of Denmark
Adam, Timo
University of Bielefeld
Arlinghaus, Robert
Humboldt University of Berlin
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UKÄ Subject classification

Fish and Aquacultural Science

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