Modelling energetics & behavior: Insights from mammalian swimmers, flyers, & runners

Institute Seminar by Cara Gallagher

  • Date: Nov 21, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Cara Gallagher
  • Cara Gallagher is currently a postdoctoral researcher in the BioMove group at the University of Potsdam, Germany. Her research focuses on using agent-based simulation models and physiological theory to advance our knowledge of wildlife population and community dynamics, as well as to develop effective conservation strategies in the face of a rapidly changing world. With a specific emphasis on diverse mammalian species, she develops predictive models to assess the impacts of various environmental changes, such as noise pollution, habitat degradation, and climate change, on wildlife populations. Cara is also passionate about the intersection of art and science, utilizing graphic art and visual media as a means of communicating science.
  • Location: Hybrid meeting
  • Room: Seminar room MPI-AB Bücklestrasse + Online
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
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Modelling energetics & behavior: Insights from mammalian swimmers, flyers, & runners
Climate change and habitat degradation are major drivers of decline in ecological systems. A comprehensive understanding of the impacts of these drivers on population dynamics is essential for the development of effective conservation strategies. In this seminar, I will present my research on agent-based energy budget and movement models focusing on diverse mammalian species inhabiting marine, terrestrial, and aerial environments. I will present the application of these models to predict the impacts of environmental change on three distinct populations, and explore the potential conservation implications of our findings. Additionally, I will emphasize the significance of confronting models with empirical data and delve into the use of pattern-oriented modeling techniques to capture the intricate connections between energy expenditure, movement patterns, and environmental factors.

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