Stephen Brown

Vice President, Shorebird Conservation

Conducting science at the very large scale necessary to address issues like climate change impacts requires building large coalitions of partners. Manomet is one of 117 partner organizations behind a new paper in the prestigious journal Science, entitled “Ecological insights from three decades of animal movement tracking across a changing Arctic.”

Human activities are rapidly altering the natural world. Nowhere is this more evident, perhaps, than in the Arctic, yet this region remains one of the most remote and difficult to study. Researchers have increasingly relied on animal tracking data in these regions to understand individual species’ responses, but if we want to understand larger-scale change, we need to integrate our understanding across species.

This collaborative study brings together 201 research projects following movements of arctic species over long periods to help understand the impacts of a changing climate. The information is now widely accessible through the Arctic Animal Movement Archive so that researchers and managers can access it freely. The data include tracks collected through several projects in which Manomet scientists are partners, including studies on several arctic breeding shorebirds. The paper, which is published in Science today, announces the availability of the network data and shares some examples of how it can be used to understand climate-induced changes in movements of species like caribou and Golden Eagles. 

You can access the paper here: