Connecting the dots between environmental predictability, cognition and animal movement

  • Date: Jan 31, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Louise Riotte-Lambert
  • Louise Riotte-Lambert is a member of the MAD (Movement, Abundance, Distribution) team at CNRS, interested in animal movement, its underlying processes (cognitive, evolutionary, environmental…), and its ecological consequences.
  • Room: ZT702 UKN + online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
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Connecting the dots between environmental predictability, cognition and animal movement
Environmental predictability is a critical determinant of animal cognition and movement. Animals that have the appropriate cognitive skills use it to reduce mortality risks and increase the efficiency of resource acquisition. Environmental predictability thus impacts individuals’ movement decisions, their fitness, and ultimately acts as a selective pressure upon cognitive skills such as spatial memory. In conjunction with the recent improvement of remote tracking technologies, the environmental predictability – cognition – movement interface has inspired a fast-growing albeit disparate literature. However, confusingly, studies do not use the same definitions of environmental predictability, nor the same analysis methods. Here, I will present an integrative framework of the environmental predictability – cognition – animal movement interface. I will then give examples of theoretical and empirical studies that have recently tested some expectations on this topic. Overall, I will show that much remains to be investigated, and that to fully unravel the links between environmental predictability, cognition and animal movement, bridging experimental, empirical and theoretical insights will be necessary in the future.
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