This project applies spatiotemporal analysis methods that are commonly used in geographical sciences on ecological data. More specifically, studies mainly focus on exploration of spatiotemporal patterns in habitat use by animals, patterns that are often neglected and difficult to identify by traditional ecological analysis methods. To develop robust methods an extensive geospatial database (www.EuroDEER.org) is used, with GPS locations of hundreds of European roe deer (Capreolus carpreolus) and red deer (Cervus elaphus) of dozens of European populations. From ecological point of view the final goal is to deepen insights, using those innovative methods, in the variability and diversity of habitat use patterns of these two ecologically important deer species in Europe.
Francesca Cagnacci, Department of Biodiversity and Molecular Ecology, Research and Innovation Centre, Fondazione Edmund Mach (Italy) (promotor)