14 December  2010

STRI Tupper Conference Room, Panama

When is an animal born?  Where does it go when it leaves home? How does it die?  Many of the most important moments in an animal’s life are hard to study because they are rare or difficult to observe. Over the past 7 years, the Automated Radio Telemetry System (ARTS) on Barro Colorado Island has helped STRI scientists address many of these important questions by allowing them to “see” cryptic events and track animal movements and activities over large distances and long time-periods. Recent technological advances have now made is possible to collect ARTS-style data using satellite technology, and the ARTS initiative will soon be disassembling the original radio-telemetry based system on BCI and transitioning to GPS based tracking.  Please join us December 14th, 2010 in the STRI conference room at Tupper, to hear about how the ARTS system has improved our understanding of the behavior and ecology of  tropical vertebrates and learn about the exciting new directions we are taking with our animal tracking research.

ARTS Science Symposium: where have we been, where are we going?

12:30-12:55 Rodent thieves: multi-stage dispersal leads to long distance seed dispersal.

Ben Hirsch, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute & New York State Museum

12:55-13:20 From the pond to the forest: a glimpse into the movements and activity of the veined tree frog on BCI.

Robert Horan, University of Georgia

13:20-13:45 How do small groups survive? Intergroup competition and imbalances of power in white-faced capuchins.

Meg Crofoot, STRI & MPI-O

13:45-14:10 Better to be breakfast lunch or dinner: effect of feeding time on seed dispersal by toucans determined from GPS tags and accelerometers.

Roland Kays, New York State Museum

14:10-14:35 Intrapopulation niche differences: do they exist for northern tamandua anteaters?

Danielle Brown, University of California, Davis

14:35-15:00 Surveying forest mammals using camera traps: From BCI to SIGEO

Patrick Jansen, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute & Wageningen University

15:00-15:25 Sleeping on the limb- atypical sleep patterns in wild sloths.

Bryson Voirin, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology

15:25-16:00 Break

16:00-17:00 From ARTS to ICARUS: perspectives on global animal tracking

Martin Wikelski, Roland Kays, Meg Crofoot