Mapping Animal Interactions

Authors: Brendan Hoover*, University of Texas, Jennifer Miller, University of Texas
Topics: Temporal GIS, Cartography, Biogeography
Keywords: Movement, Data Science, Cartography, Time Geography, Biogeography, GIScience
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/12/2018
Start / End Time: 1:20 PM / 3:00 PM
Room: Bayside C, Sheraton, 4th Floor
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Animal interactions are a crucial aspect of behavioral ecology that affects mating, territorial behavior, resource use, and disease spread. Commonly, animals will interact because of shared resources. Landscape features can also influence behavioral processes by creating movement barriers or corridors, which can affect where and how often animals interact. Environmental heterogeneity also impacts animal interactions. When landscapes change due to shifting climates, animals may be forced to move and interact with new animal species due to changes in resource availability or habitat reduction. Understanding where animal interactions occur in a landscape would increase knowledge of how underlying landscape features affect social behaviors and interactions. Animals that use the same water source likely have greater contacts and interactions. Behaviors like mating may drive the use of specific landscape features or habitats. Building off recent methods that use time-geography to map where in the landscape interaction was possible, this research introduces a new method for mapping animal interactions.

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