From: University of Leicester
Published October 30, 2017 12:06 PM

Research Shows How Environment Plays Key Role in Changing Movement Behaviour of Animals

University of Leicester mathematicians develop theory which helps to unravel long-standing mysteries of animal movement.

  • Theory explains how animals such as bats, insects and birds adjust movement behaviour based on environment
  • Environmental cues which could change animal movement include seeking out food, avoiding predators and locating mating partners
  • Animals have to continuously exert force to overcome environmental drag and friction and adapt behaviour accordingly

Mathematicians from the University of Leicester have developed a theory which explains how small animals, such as bats, insects and birds, adjust their movement behaviour based on cues within their environment.

In a paper published in Scientific Reports, the researchers propose a unified theory of animal movement that relates the movement pattern to an animal’s biological traits such as its mass and body shape and to the properties of the environment.

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