Tracking crocodiles in 3-dimensions: A remote monitoring study of movement patterns and diving behaviour (2006–2009)

Abstract:
Despite their icon status in Australia, many facets of the natural history of freshwater (Crocodylus johnstoni) and estuarine crocodiles (Crocodylus porosus), such as movement patterns and diving behaviour, are poorly understood. Knowing how crocodiles use space through time is important for the long-term conservation and management of crocodiles. This study aims to utilise state-of-the-art, sensing technology to remotely track the movements of crocodiles in 3-dimensions. Using global positioning systems and time-depth recorders, we will monitor respectively, both the surface location and natural diving patterns of crocodiles, from freshwater and marine habitats, and in animals ranging in body size from 1 to greater than 5 metres.
Grant type:
ARC Linkage Projects
Researchers:
  • Deputy President
    Office of the President of the Academic Board
    Deputy Head of School
    School of Biological Sciences
    Faculty of Science
Funded by:
Australian Research Council