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Rovers minimize human disturbance in research on wild animals


Le Maho, Y and Whittington, JD and Hanuise, N and Periera, L and Bordeau, M and Brucker, M and Chatelain, N and Courtecuisse, J and Crenner, F and Friess, B and Grosbellet, E and Kernaleguen, L and Olivier, F and Saraux, C and Vetter, N and Viblanc, VA and Thierry, B and Tremblay, P and Groscolas, R and Le Bohec, C, Rovers minimize human disturbance in research on wild animals, Nature Methods, 11, (online 02 November) pp. 1242-1244. ISSN 1548-7091 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1038/nmeth.3173


Investigating wild animals while minimizing human disturbance remains an important methodological challenge. When approached by a remote-operated vehicle (rover) able to make radio-frequency identifications, wild penguins had significantly lower and shorter stress responses (determined by heart rate and behavior) than when approached by humans. Upon immobilization, the rover—unlike humans—did not disorganize colony structure, and stress rapidly ceased. Thus, rovers can reduce human disturbance and the resulting scientific bias.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:animal disturbance
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Other biological sciences
Research Field:Forensic biology
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Coastal and estuarine systems and management
Objective Field:Coastal or estuarine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Olivier, F (Dr Frederique Olivier)
ID Code:99948
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:33
Deposited By:IMAS Research and Education Centre
Deposited On:2015-04-20
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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