Predicting the movement speeds of animals (2016–2020)
Movement is central to animal behaviour and to the success and survival of species, as it underlies feeding, mating and the ability to escape from predators. Despite its importance, we lack a framework for predicting how fast animals should move through their habitats, given their needs to conserve energy, avoid detection by predators, and simultaneously minimise risks of injury or death. This study aims to develop new mathematical models to predict how fast animals should move through their natural environments and then test these predictions using native species of conservation concern. In this manner, this proposed research will extend the field of performance ecology as well as inform management strategies for vulnerable marsupials.