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Video Analysis Suite for the Integrative Analysis of Resource Acquisition Behaviour in Animals

Funding: 2008: $25,000

Project Member(s): Booth, D.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Linkage Infrastructure)

Start year: 2008

Summary: How do animals find food, choose places to live and select mates? How do insect swarms and fish schools make collective decisions without leaders? These are fundamental questions in understanding the ecological roles and environmental impacts of endangered native and damaging invasive animals. The video analysis suite will be used to analyse the behaviour of such animals in environments from the land to the deep sea floor; track exceptionally fast movements during courtship and predator escape; study how animals achieve temperature balance in complex habitats; understand the dietary choices of herbivores, and discover the rules that govern the behaviour of swarms.

FOR Codes: Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments, Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology), Sociobiology and Behavioural Ecology, Life Histories (incl. Population Ecology), Integrated (ecosystem) assessment and management, Control of pests and exotic species