Radio Tracking and Animal Populations

Radio Tracking and Animal Populations, 1st Edition

Radio Tracking and Animal Populations, 1st Edition,Joshua Millspaugh,John Marzluff,ISBN9780124977815

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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.

Joshua Millspaugh

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

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John Marzluff

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

Radio Tracking and Animal Populations, 1st Edition

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 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 Summary Chapter 9. Accounting for Variation in Resource Availability and Animal Behavior in Resource Selection Studies Methods Case Study: Summer, Diurnal, and Microsite Resource Selection by Elk in South Dakota Results Discussion Summary 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 Summary Chapter 11. Effect of Sample Size on the Performance of Resource Selection Analyses Study Area and Technologies Methods Results Discussion Summary 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 Summary 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 Summary Chapter 14. Analysis of Survival Data from Radiotelemetry Studies Approaches for Estimating Survival Areas of Concern What Must We Do? Future Directions Summary 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 Demographics General Statistics Availability of Software Equipment Vendors and Distributors Literature Cited Subject Index

Quotes and reviews

"This book is an important reference for any biologists' bookshelf."

"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."

"...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."

"...is 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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