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Linking movement ecology and biodiversity dynamics

The movement of organisms is a key mechanism shaping biodiversity through the distribution of genes, resources, individuals and species in space and time. Moreover, movements (i.e. foraging, dispersal, migration) and environmental conditions are closely intertwined with causal links in both directions. For example, organismal movement in agricultural landscapes may be greatly determined by habitat fragmentation but may also modify habitat structures or provide mobile links for other species. Using GPS telemetry with internal acceleration sensors, advanced statistical analysis and modelling approaches, we aim to study the causes and consequences of movement in dynamic anthropogenic landscapes on wildlife populations and on biodiversity dynamics. Our vision is to link movement ecology with biodiversity research to understand the impacts of organismal movements and mobile links on biodiversity and vice versa.

Current projects

  • DFG Research Training Group BioMove  [more...]