Understanding animal habitat preferences and movement patterns is key to effective conservation. We develop new types of spatial and movement models (see also Spatial models for understanding the distribution of animals and plants).
Movement models describe how and why animals move in space and time. The models are often based on data received from tagged animals. The tags transmit information on location and other variables back to the researcher. Movement models are often interested in the effect of environmental conditions on an animal's behaviour.
In the mural, the coloured dots depict the recorded positions of a tagged seal (see also grey seal). The colours differentiate between the assumed behaviours of the animal at the respective locations.
Langrock, R., King, R., Matthiopoulos, J., Thomas, L., Fortin, D. and Morales, J.M., 2012. Flexible and practical modeling of animal telemetry data: hidden Markov models and extensions. Ecology, 93(11), pp.2336-2342.
McClintock, B.T., King, R., Thomas, L., Matthiopoulos, J., McConnell, B.J. and Morales, J.M., 2012. A general discrete-time modeling framework for animal movement using multistate random walks. Ecological Monographs, 82(3), pp.335-349.