Symposium - "Biologging as a tool to study social behaviour in animals"

Keynote speakers: Andrea Kölzsch (Germany) & Christian Rutz (UK)

In the past years, tracking the movement of animals with GPS and their behaviour with sensors like depth meters, light sensors or accelerometers is revolutionising the fields of ecology, physiology and animal behaviour. Especially due to the miniaturisation of tags and the possibility of high frequency measurements, such biologging studies are recently also used to study social behaviour of groups of animals (social encounters, behaviour synchronisation, fission-fusion dynamics).
From the collected data, we can now investigate not only the existence but also the development of social structures, their underlying processes and combine this information with environmental data. The latter is important to evaluate how animals use environmental factors like food availability, wind or temperature to increase their daily performance as single individuals and in groups.


Still it is a big challenge to use this new sophisticated technology and analyse the large and highly complex data sets. Some standard analysis methods are becoming available, but every research question and data set is unique and needs to be handled with novel methods and ways of interpretation.

The aim of this symposium is to showcase recent findings in animal social behaviour tracking and to discuss new technological and analytical approaches.


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