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Saturday, October 21, 2017

NIOO-KNAW

The Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), located in Wageningen, The Netherlands (www.nioo.knaw.nl), conducts high-profile ecological research, with the aim of elucidating how living organisms interact with each other and with their surroundings. By studying all the facets of nature, the research generates valuable ecological knowledge useful for solving society’s nature conservation and environmental problems and for making decisions about how we can ensure that planet Earth remains inhabitable. The NIOO-KNAW is the largest research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). Within the institute several researchers are specialized in animal movement tracking, ranging from local radio- telemetry to satellite tracking of migratory birds. To strengthen the research line on wildlife tracking, the NIOO recently established an independent project group “Movement Ecology” to integrate animal movement research on various scales and different ecosystems, including the development of new mathematical models. Within the institute Dr. Andrea Kölzsch, Prof. Dr. Marc Naguib and Dr. Bart Nolet are leading researchers contributing to this consortium. They are specialized in animal tracking and analysis of tracking data at different scales. The research of the Movement Ecology group ranges from small scale movements within social networks of small songbirds to large scale movements of large migratory birds such as swans and geese. This unique expertise and breadth within a single research group will play a significant role in developing hardware and software products in a way to be at the fore front of a vastly growing field in animal ecology.