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

Contributors Preface 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 Summary Chapter 3. Effects of Tagging and Location Error in Wildlife Radiotelemetry Studies Effects of Transmitters on Animals Location Error Testing and Reporting Error Estimates Summary Part III: Equipment and Technology Chapter 4. Recent Telemetry Technology Power Supplies Microcontrollers Coded Transmitters Sensors 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 Summary 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 Summary Chapter 7. Estimating and Visualizing Movement Paths from Radio-Tracking Data Sources of Variation Improving Accuracy and Precision Demonstration Visualizing Paths Future Directions Conclusions Part V: Resource


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About the authors

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)