Integrating research using animal-borne telemetry with the needs of conservation management

McGowan, Jennifer, Beger, Maria, Lewison, Rebecca L., Harcourt, Rob, Campbell, Hamish, Priest, Mark, Dwyer, Ross G., Lin, Hsien-Yung, Lentini, Pia, Dudgeon, Christine, McMahon, Clive, Watts, Matt and Possingham, Hugh P. (2016) Integrating research using animal-borne telemetry with the needs of conservation management. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54 2: 423-429. doi:10.1111/1365-2664.12755


Author McGowan, Jennifer
Beger, Maria
Lewison, Rebecca L.
Harcourt, Rob
Campbell, Hamish
Priest, Mark
Dwyer, Ross G.
Lin, Hsien-Yung
Lentini, Pia
Dudgeon, Christine
McMahon, Clive
Watts, Matt
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Integrating research using animal-borne telemetry with the needs of conservation management
Journal name Journal of Applied Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0021-8901
1365-2664
Publication date 2016-01-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1111/1365-2664.12755
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 54
Issue 2
Start page 423
End page 429
Total pages 7
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
1. Animal-borne telemetry has revolutionized our ability to study animal movement, species physiology, demography and social structures, changing environments and the threats that animals are experiencing. While there will always be a need for basic ecological research and discovery, the current conservation crisis demands we look more pragmatically at the data required to make informed management decisions.

2. Here, we define a framework that distinguishes how research using animal telemetry devices can influence conservation. We then discuss two critical questions which aim to directly connect telemetry-derived data to applied conservation decision-making: (i) Would my choice of action change if I had more data? (ii) Is the expected gain worth the money and time required to collect more data?

3. Policy implications. To answer questions about integrating telemetry-derived data with applied conservation, we suggest the use of value of information analysis to quantitatively assess the return-on-investment of animal telemetry-derived data for conservation decision-making.
Keyword Adaptive management
Animal behaviour
Animal-borne telemetry
Biotelemetry
Conservation science
Demography
Movement ecology
Species physiology
Threat mitigation
Value of information
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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