Conserving migratory and mobile species under threat: challenges, tools and thinking for solving this and other conservation conundrums

Organiser: Jennifer McGowan, The University of Queenlsand

Over 18,000 animals have been tracked in Oceania between 2002 and 2012. While many animal tracking and telemetry studies are frequently designed to answer specific questions about the movement, demography, and behavior of animals, the research is often justified because of its potential impact in conservation. Despite this, the link between the outcomes of telemetry research and applied conservation remains tenuous at best. The fundamental challenge involves linking telemetry data to conservation decision-making frameworks by explicitly reducing the uncertainties affecting where, when and what management actions to take. This session aims to gather relevant scientists and managers to discuss the barriers, new developments, and tools and thinking surrounding how to best maximizing our return-on-investment in animal tracking and telemetry to address real world conservation challenges.

11:30 Salit Kark  Migrating across borders

11:35  Sam Nicol  Protecting shorebirds in an uncertain, changing environment

11:40  Vivitskaia Tulloch  Could the biggest movers be the biggest losers – clues from ecosystem modeling of whale-krill interactions

11:45  Jennifer McGowan  Fulfilling the promise: linking animal telemetry-derived data to conservation actions

11:50  Tessa Mazor  The value of migration information for conservation prioritization of sea turtles

11:55  Ross Dwyer  Using telemetry to formulate conservation plans for migratory species: optimising closure scenarios to reduce bycatch of a critically endangered shark

12:00  Hamish Campbell  Contrasting experimental design is hindering the use of animal biotelemetry data in conservation science 

12:05  Andre Steckenreuter  A Cultural Change in Sharing Acoustic Telemetry Data and Advantages for the Meta-analysis of a National Database

12:10  Mateusz Jochym  New development in conservation telemetry: an automated system capable of tracking small, fast-moving animals

12:15  Rob Harcourt  Data sharing and aquatic telemetry: a challenge to maximizing effective conservation outcomes 

12:20-12:35  Discussion

Speed Symposia
Location: Room P9 Date: July 6, 2016 Time: 11:30 am - 12:45 pm