Tracking animals in social groups

Organisers: Marc Naguib and Bas Rodenburg, Wageningen University

Schedule: Wednesday 27th August, 14:00 - 16:30, Pomonazaal

Many animals live in social groups and understanding the effects of individuals on others in the group as well as group dynamics requires understanding where animals are when and whom they encounter. The increasing interest in social networks and group behaviour, both in fundamental ecological research as well as in applied research such as on farm animals, asks for tracking technologies that collect adequate data on individual movements within groups and social encounters, as well as statistical tools to deal with these kinds of data. Yet, collecting and analyzing such data in social groups remains challenging, specifically when tracking small animals. Tracking here requires small and light weight tags or advanced sensor technologies which at the same time provide sufficient time resolution to track fast movements without losing an individual. This symposium will cover research where state-of-the-art tracking technologies are used in different taxa, and thus highlights technological advances and further needs, leading to a better understanding of social behaviour within groups of animals.


Time Authors Title
14:00-14:20 Marc Naguib & Lysanne Snijders, Wageningen University Automatized tracking of free-ranging wild song birds using the Encounternet
14:20-14:40 Andries Ter Maat, MPIO-Seewiesen Miniature wireless microphones reveal vocal relationships in a group of small laboratory animals.
14:40-15:00 Shinnosuke Nakayama, Kate Laskowski, Peer Doering-Arjes, Thomas Klefoth & Robert Arlinghaus, Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries Long-term behavioural repeatability in wild Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis) in a natural lake: a high-resolution biotelemetry study
15:00-15:20 Lilli Frondelius, Matti Pastell & Jaakko Mononen, MTT Agrifood Research Finland Validation of the TrackLab positioning system in a cow barn environment
15:20-16:00   Break
16:00-16:20 Iris J.M.M. Boumans, Gert Jan Hofstede, Imke J.M. De Boer & Eddie A.M. Bokkers, Wageningen University Modeling feeding behavior and associated welfare and productivity of pigs: an agent-based approach
16:20-16:40 Bas Rodenburg and Marc Naguib, Wageningen University Tracking individual laying hens in group housing
16:40-17:00 Bas Rodenburg and Marc Naguib, Wageningen University Discussion