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New Thematic Series: Collective Behaviour

Coordinated spatio-temporal patterns of groups of organisms have been observed across all taxa from aquatic to terrestrial and aerial species. By using information that is only transient and limited in space, individual animals manage to coordinate their actions to achieve a common goal across much larger scales and hierarchical levels. This special collection aims to capture the latest developments in the collective behaviour of organisms by covering the state-of-the-art theoretical and empirical techniques as well as to provide a forum for a synthesis across species.

Thematic Series: Advancing Movement Ecology Through Freshwater Fish Tracking

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This thematic series features studies addressing a range of research questions related to the movement ecology of freshwater fish, including studies of fish movement strategies, special behavioural patterns, social and interspecific interactions, species habitat preferences, niche overlap, migration patterns, temporal changes and site specificity.

Thematic Series: Honouring Wayne Getz's Contributions to Movement Ecology

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Prof. Wayne Getz has served as a catalyst and innovator for the discipline of Movement Ecology for decades, including production of seminal works in the field and a foundational role on the editorial board of the journal Movement Ecology. This Special Feature was organized to honour his excellent service to the field and journal.


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Recent trends in movement ecology of animals and human mobility.
Rocío Joo, Simona Picardi, Matthew E. Boone, Thomas A. Clay, Samantha C. Patrick, Vilma S. Romero-Romero & Mathieu Basille 
Movement Ecology. Volume 10, Article number: 26 (2022)

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Aims and scope

Movement Ecology is an open-access interdisciplinary journal publishing novel insights from empirical and theoretical approaches into the ecology of movement of the whole organism – either animals, plants or microorganisms – as the central theme. We welcome manuscripts on any taxa and any movement phenomena (e.g. foraging, dispersal and seasonal migration) addressing important research questions on the patterns, mechanisms, causes and consequences of organismal movement. Manuscripts will be rigorously peer-reviewed to ensure novelty and high quality.

Featured Collection: Selected research from the 8th Bio-Logging Science Symposium

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This special issue in Animal Biotelemetry and Movement Ecology collects scientific articles that were presented at the 8th International Bio-logging Science (BLS) Symposium, held in Tokyo in March 2024.


Ran Nathan is a professor in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, and director of the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology. His Movement Ecology Lab studies foraging, dispersal, migration and other types of movements in plants and animals, mostly birds. These studies typically combine advanced biotelemetry of free-ranging animals, mechanistic models, molecular tools, and various observational and experimental approaches in the laboratory and in the field, both in Israel and around the world.

​​​​​​​Luca Giuggioli is a faculty member of the Department of Engineering Mathematics and the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Bristol, UK, and a core member of the Bristol Centre for Complexity Sciences. Work in his lab focuses on addressing fundamental questions in animal ecology to explain a variety of phenomena including behavioural interactions, foraging, social spacing, collective movement and epidemic disease spread. These studies involve the use of mathematical, computational and statistical techniques to develop mechanistic models of organism movement that explain empirical observations.

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    Journal Impact Factor: 3.4
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