Life in 2.5D: Animal Movement in the Trees

Harel, Roi, Alavi, Shauhin, Ashbury, Alison M., Aurisano, Jillian, Berger-Wolf, Tanya, Davis, Grace H., Hirsch, Ben T., Kalbitzer, Urs, Kays, Roland, Mclean, Kevin, Núñez, Chase L., Vining, Alexander, Walton, Zea, Havmøller, Rasmus Worsøe, and Crofoot, Margaret C. (2022) Life in 2.5D: Animal Movement in the Trees. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 10. 801850.

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The complex, interconnected, and non-contiguous nature of canopy environments present unique cognitive, locomotor, and sensory challenges to their animal inhabitants. Animal movement through forest canopies is constrained; unlike most aquatic or aerial habitats, the three-dimensional space of a forest canopy is not fully realized or available to the animals within it. Determining how the unique constraints of arboreal habitats shape the ecology and evolution of canopy-dwelling animals is key to fully understanding forest ecosystems. With emerging technologies, there is now the opportunity to quantify and map tree connectivity, and to embed the fine-scale horizontal and vertical position of moving animals into these networks of branching pathways. Integrating detailed multi-dimensional habitat structure and animal movement data will enable us to see the world from the perspective of an arboreal animal. This synthesis will shed light on fundamental aspects of arboreal animals’ cognition and ecology, including how they navigate landscapes of risk and reward and weigh energetic trade-offs, as well as how their environment shapes their spatial cognition and their social dynamics.

Item ID: 75417
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2296-701X
Keywords: arboreal mammals, foraging, decision-making, navigation, forest
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2022 Harel, Alavi, Ashbury, Aurisano, Berger-Wolf, Davis, Hirsch, Kalbitzer, Kays, Mclean, Núñez, Vining, Walton, Havmøller and Crofoot. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.
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