Key Questions in Marine Megafauna Movement Ecology

Graeme C. Hays*, Luciana C. Ferreira, Ana M M Sequeira, Mark G. Meekan, Carlos M. Duarte, Helen Bailey, Fred Bailleul, W. Don Bowen, M. Julian Caley, Daniel P. Costa, Victor M. Eguíluz, Sabrina Fossette, Ari S. Friedlaender, Nick Gales, Adrian C. Gleiss, John Gunn, Rob Harcourt, Elliott L. Hazen, Michael R. Heithaus, Michelle HeupelKim Holland, Markus Horning, Ian Jonsen, Gerald L. Kooyman, Christopher G. Lowe, Peter T. Madsen, Helene Marsh, Richard A. Phillips, David Righton, Yan Ropert-Coudert, Katsufumi Sato, Scott A. Shaffer, Colin A. Simpfendorfer, David W. Sims, Gregory Skomal, Akinori Takahashi, Philip N. Trathan, Martin Wikelski, Jamie N. Womble, Michele Thums

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It is a golden age for animal movement studies and so an opportune time to assess priorities for future work. We assembled 40 experts to identify key questions in this field, focussing on marine megafauna, which include a broad range of birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish. Research on these taxa has both underpinned many of the recent technical developments and led to fundamental discoveries in the field. We show that the questions have broad applicability to other taxa, including terrestrial animals, flying insects, and swimming invertebrates, and, as such, this exercise provides a useful roadmap for targeted deployments and data syntheses that should advance the field of movement ecology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)463-475
Number of pages13
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016


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