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Radio Tracking and Animal Populations

Radio Tracking and Animal Populations is a succinct synthesis of emerging technologies and their applications to the empirical and theoretical problems of population assessment. The book is divided into sections designed to encompass the various aspects of animal ecology that may be evaluated using radiotelemetry technology - experimental design, equipment and technology, animal movement, resource selection, and demographics. Wildlife biologists at the leading edge of new developments in the technology and its application have joined forces.

Faculty, researchers, graduate students, and advanced undergraduates interested in animal ecology and demography, wildlife biology, conservation biology, vertebrate zoology and ecology, as well as policy makers and land managers who need to evaluate the quality of contracted animal surveys and impact studies.

Hardbound, 474 Pages

Published: July 2001

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-497781-5


  • "This book is an important reference for any biologists' bookshelf." -SOUTHEASTERN NATURALIST (May 2006) "This book is a must reference for all scientist that work with telemetry or are contemplating telemetry projects. It should be used from start to finish...Academic Press is to be commended for continuing and updating its wildlife telemetry offerings." -THE CANADIAN FIELD-NATURALIST (2002) "...I have no doubts that this book will warrant a place in one's library, especially to assist graduate students in the design, planning, and delivery of radiotracking studies, as well as in the analysis or radiotracking data." -JOURNAL OF MAMMALOGY (February 2003) " a valuable book that should be of interest to a wide readership. ...I highly recommend this book for individuals conducting radiotelemerty studies." —Barry R. Noon for THE AUK (April 2002) "If I was embarking on a radio tracking study I would start with this book since it is concise in the basics, clearly highlights many potential pitfalls and stimulates deeper thinking about what can be achieved with tracking studies." -Jeremy Lindsell for IBIS (2002) "...wildlife biologists, managers and students seeking a laudable compilation of readable synopses will find exactly that...Various contributors have done an admirable job of placing methods in context with one another and distilling the fundamentals of relatively complicated statistical techniques." -Geln A. Sargaent, U.S. Geological Survey Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center for ECOLOGY (2002)


  • Contributors


    Part I: Introduction

    Chapter 1. Historical and Practical Perspectives

    The First 20 Years

    The Third Decade

    The 1990s

    The Future

    Part II: Experimental Design

    Chapter 2. Experimental Design for Radiotelemetry Studies

    Critical Questions for Experimental Design

    Ultimate Design: Demographic Responses to Landscape Conditions and Resource Selection


    Chapter 3. Effects of Tagging and Location Error in Wildlife Radiotelemetry Studies

    Effects of Transmitters on Animals

    Location Error

    Testing and Reporting Error Estimates


    Part III: Equipment and Technology

    Chapter 4. Recent Telemetry Technology

    Power Supplies


    Coded Transmitters


    Archival Tags

    Satellite Telemetry Systems

    Hyperbolic Telemetry Systems

    Implications for Data Analysis

    Implications for Researchers

    Future Directions

    Part IV: Animal Movements

    Chapter 5. Analysis of Animal Space Use and Movements

    Using Home Range Estimators to Analyze Animal Space Use

    Analysis of Site Fidelity

    Analysis of Animal Interactions

    The Future: Modeling the Movement Process


    Chapter 6. Fractal-Based Spatial Analysis of Radiotelemetry Data

    Multiscale Analysis of Radiotelemetry Data

    Fractal Analysis of Spatial Pattern

    Modeling Fractal Patterns: Lévy Flights

    Example: Sage Grouse Location Data

    Future Directions


    Chapter 7. Estimating and Visualizing Movement Paths from Radio-Tracking Data

    Sources of Variation

    Improving Accuracy and Precision


    Visualizing Paths

    Future Directions


    Part V: Resource Selection

    Chapter 8. Statistical Issues in Resource Selection Studies with Radio-Marked Animals

    Common Assumptions in Resource Selection with Radio-Marked Animals

    Inference from Resource Selection Studies

    Study Designs

    Scale and Resource Availability

    Resource Use

    Variable and Model Determination

    Independence Issues

    Analyzing Resource Use Relative to Availability

    Future Directions


    Chapter 9. Accounting for Variation in Resource Availability and Animal Behavior in Resource Selection Studies


    Case Study: Summer, Diurnal, and Microsite Resource Selection by Elk in South Dakota




    Chapter 10. Using Euclidean Distances to Assess Nonrandom Habitat Use

    Desirable Characteristics of a Habitat Analysis Tool

    Habitat Analysis with Euclidean Distances

    Example of the Procedure Applied to Fox Squirrel Data

    Comparison with Other Techniques

    Benefits of the Euclidean Distance Approach

    Research Needs

    Future Directions


    Chapter 11. Effect of Sample Size on the Performance of Resource Selection Analyses

    Study Area and Technologies





    Chapter 12. High-Tech Behavioral Ecology: Modeling the Distribution of Animal Activities to Better Understand Wildlife Space Use and Resource Selection

    Space Use

    Resource Selection

    Improving Our Approach to the Study of Wildlife Radiotelemetry


    Part VI: Population Demographics

    Chapter 13. Population Estimation with Radio-Marked Animals

    Direct Mark-Resight Estimation

    Sightability Models

    Correcting Bias of Grid Trapping Estimates

    Future Developments


    Chapter 14. Analysis of Survival Data from Radiotelemetry Studies

    Approaches for Estimating Survival

    Areas of Concern

    What Must We Do?

    Future Directions


    Part VII: Concluding Remarks

    Chapter 15. Radio-Tracking and Animal Populations: Past Trends and Future Needs

    Past Trends

    Future Needs

    Appendix A. A Catalog of Software to Analyze Radiotelemetry Data

    Preliminary Analyses

    Animal Movements

    Resource Selection


    General Statistics

    Availability of Software

    Equipment Vendors and Distributors

    Literature Cited

    Subject Index


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