CIE Seminar Series 2022: The high-throughput revolution in movement ecology

SPEAKER: Ran Nathan, Professor of Ecology, Movement Ecology Lab, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

DATE & TIME: Tuesday 22nd November 2022 @ 2pm.

LOCATION: In person at Burwood T3.22, and live streamed via Zoom (KA 5.107 is booked for our Warun Ponds colleagues to Zoom in together). Zoom link – click HERE to connect (Meeting ID: 812 5556 2274, Password: 89428618).


Movement shapes how animals interact, survive and thrive in a dynamic world. Technological advances are now transforming movement ecology into a big-data discipline, enabling rapid, cost-effective generation of large amounts of data on movements of animals in the wild.

High-throughput systems provide new research opportunities beyond simply enlarging datasets and sample sizes, allowing thorough investigations of fine-scale variation among individuals, the true nature of biological interactions, behavioral decisions in response to the physical and anthropogenic environment, and behavioral shifts across spatiotemporal scales.

In this talk, I will overview the emerging high-throughput technologies in movement ecology research, and present examples for biological insights uniquely gained from big high-resolution datasets, focusing on studies of birds and bats.


He is an ecologist who holds the Adelina and Massimo Della Pergola Chair of life Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior where he leads the Movement Ecology Lab. Additionally, Nathan is the director of the Minerva Center for Movement Ecology and the co-founding co-Editor-in-Chief of the free-access journal Movement Ecology (BioMed Central).

His work focuses on various aspects of movement ecology, including dispersal (and long-distance dispersal in particular), migration, foraging, navigation, flight aerodynamics, animal behavior, social interactions, invasive species, disease spread by avian species, gene flow, plant-animal interactions and plant recruitment.

Find out more about Ran’s Movement Ecology Lab HERE.

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Thanking you in advance!