Animal movement in the Big Data era

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2.30 p.m.

ISI seminar room 1st floor

Dr. Jorge Pablo Rodriguez Garcia ISI Foundation

The difficulties on tracking marine animals represent one of the main challenges to the movement ecology community, requiring high investments in both technological and human resources. However, the development of new tracking devices increases the amount and the quality of the data, representing the opportunity of not only studying animal trajectories, but also collecting environmental data in locations which are hardly reachable for human beings. In this talk, first I will present the pooled dataset for the Marine Megafauna Movement Analytical Program, including the study case of southern elephant seals and a global analysis of commonalities and differences on the movement of 50 marine vertebrates. Second, I will introduce an abstract movement model with two parameters, interaction range and velocity, to illustrate how individual trajectories can be used for analysing contagion dynamics; specifically, I will explain how the outbreak size can be tuned modifying the velocity of the individuals.