Understanding the spatial behaviour, energetics, and demography of caribou, reindeer, and their predators.
Observe how anthropogenic landscape changes influence predator and prey behaviour, energetics, and demography.
By combining GPS data and video collar footage with maps of digestible energy and perceived risk, we are looking at patterns of reindeer, caribou, and wolf movement and behaviour to better understand how landscape change relates to their energetics and demography.
We observe wild reindeer and semi-domesticated reindeer through partnership with Norwegion organizations, Renewable Reindeer and prodchange respectively.
Movement in relation to anthropogenic landscape disturbance
We are observing the local extent that infrastructure (ex roads, settlements, and tourism) changes reindeer, caribou, and wolf behavior in regard to feeding rates and movement.
Combining GPS data and video collar recordings, we are looking at patterns of reindeer and caribou movement to better understand how movement patterns relate to their functional behaviours, and hence the energetic budget. We can then assess the energetic consequences of human disturbance by considering how within-season movement patterns change across a disturbance gradient