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From physiology to physics: are we recognizing the flexibility of biologging tools?


Payne, NL and Taylor, MD and Watanabe, YY and Semmens, JM, From physiology to physics: are we recognizing the flexibility of biologging tools?, Journal of Experimental Biology, 217, (3) pp. 317-322. ISSN 0022-0949 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1242/jeb.093922


The remote measurement of data from free-ranging animals has been termed ‘biologging’ and in recent years this relatively small set of tools has been instrumental in addressing remarkably diverse questions – from ‘how will tuna respond to climate change?’ to ‘why are whales big?’. While a single biologging dataset can have the potential to test hypotheses spanning physiology, ecology, evolution and theoretical physics, explicit illustrations of this flexibility are scarce and this has arguably hindered the full realization of the power of biologging tools. Here we present a small set of examples from studies that have collected data on two parameters widespread in biologging research (depth and acceleration), but that have interpreted their data in the context of extremely diverse phenomena: from tests of biomechanical and diving-optimality models to identifications of feeding events, Lévy flight foraging strategies and expanding oxygen minimum zones. We use these examples to highlight the remarkable flexibility of biologging tools, and identify several mechanisms that may enhance the scope and dissemination of future biologging research programs.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:acoustic telemetry, energetics, hypoxia, logger, penguin, scaling, seal, shark, stroke frequency, temperature
Research Division:Agricultural, Veterinary and Food Sciences
Research Group:Fisheries sciences
Research Field:Fish physiology and genetics
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Semmens, JM (Professor Jayson Semmens)
ID Code:88979
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:37
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-02-21
Last Modified:2017-11-04

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