Multiple spatiotemporal scale analysis in the Movement Ecology of Old World Vultures:
Animal movement results from a balance of the need to move, the individual capacities and all the external factors affecting the movement. This is the central idea of the movement ecology paradigm and I find in the Ornithology an ideal playground for its application.
The purpose of my PhD project is to analyze a pan-European dataset composed of high resolution GPS data collected by different research groups across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, to explore the movement ecology of different Old World vulture species (mainly the griffon vulture) at multiple spatiotemporal scales.
In particular, my interest is in analyzing the vultures' movements and their soaring behaviour on a local, regional and continental scale, trying to evaluate the importance and the effects of different atmospheric and environmental factors (in an energy landscape perspective), comparing them at intra-specific and inter-specific levels.