Key Questions in Marine Megafauna Movement Ecology

TitleKey Questions in Marine Megafauna Movement Ecology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHays, Graeme C., Ferreira Luciana C., Sequeira Ana M. M., Meekan Mark G., Duarte Carlos M., Bailey Helen, Bailleul Fred, W. Bowen Don, M. Caley Julian, Costa Daniel P., Eguíluz Victor M., Fossette Sabrina, Friedlaender Ari S., Gales Nick, Gleiss Adrian C., Gunn John, Harcourt Rob, Hazen Elliott L., Heithaus Michael R., Heupel Michelle, Holland Kim, Horning Markus, Jonsen Ian, Kooyman Gerald L., Lowe Christopher G., Madsen Peter T., Marsh Helene, Phillips Richard A., Righton David, Ropert-Coudert Yan, Sato Katsufumi, Shaffer Scott A., Simpfendorfer Colin A., Sims David W., Skomal Gregory, Takahashi Akinori, Trathan Philip N., Wikelski Martin, Womble Jamie N., and Thums Michele
JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
ISBN Number0169-5347
EndNote Rec Number11324

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.