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Radio Tracking and Animal Populations - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780124977815, 9780080540221

Radio Tracking and Animal Populations

1st Edition

Editors: Joshua Millspaugh John Marzluff
Hardcover ISBN: 9780124977815
Paperback ISBN: 9781493301607
eBook ISBN: 9780080540221
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 23rd July 2001
Page Count: 474
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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.

Table of Contents



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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About the Editors

Joshua Millspaugh

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Missouri, School of Natural Resources, Columbia, USA

John Marzluff

Affiliations and Expertise

College of Forest Resources, Ecosystem Science and Conservation, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.


"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)

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