Hoenner Xavier

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A standardisation framework for bio-logging data to advance ecological research and conservation

2021-03-15 , Sequeira, Ana M. M. , O'Toole, Malcolm , Keates, Theresa R. , McDonnell, Laura H. , Braun, Camrin D. , Hoenner, Xavier , Jaine, Fabrice R. A. , Jonsen, Ian , Newman, Peggy , Pye, Jonathan , Bograd, Steven , Hays, Graeme , Hazen, Elliott L. , Holland, Melinda , Tsontos, Vardis , Blight, Clint , Cagnacci, Francesca , Davidson, Sarah C. , Dettki, Holger , Duarte, Carlos M. , Dunn, Daniel C. , Eguíluz, Víctor M. , Fedak, Michael , Gleiss, Adrian C. , Hammerschlag, Neil , Hindell, Mark , Holland, Kim , Janekovic, Ivica , McKinzie, Megan K. , Muelbert, Monica M. C. , Pattiaratchi, Charitha , Rutz, Christian , Sims, David W. , Simmons, Samantha E. , Townsend, Brendal , Whoriskey, Frederick G. , Woodward, Bill , Costa, Daniel P. , Heupel, Michelle R. , McMahon, Clive R. , Harcourt, Robert , Weise, Michael

1. Bio-logging data obtained by tagging animals are key to addressing global conservation challenges. However, the many thousands of existing bio-logging datasets are not easily discoverable, universally comparable, nor readily accessible through existing repositories and across platforms, slowing down ecological research and effective management. A set of universal standards is needed to ensure discoverability, interoperability and effective translation of bio-logging data into research and management recommendations. 2. We propose a standardisation framework adhering to existing data principles (FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable; and TRUST: Transparency, Responsibility, User focus, Sustainability and Technology) and involving the use of simple templates to create a data flow from manufacturers and researchers to compliant repositories, where automated procedures should be in place to prepare data availability into four standardised levels: (a) decoded raw data, (b) curated data, (c) interpolated data and (d) gridded data. Our framework allows for integration of simple tabular arrays (e.g. csv files) and creation of sharable and interoperable network Common Data Form (netCDF) files containing all the needed information for accuracy-of-use, rightful attribution (ensuring data providers keep ownership through the entire process) and data preservation security. 3. We show the standardisation benefits for all stakeholders involved, and illustrate the application of our framework by focusing on marine animals and by providing examples of the workflow across all data levels, including filled templates and code to process data between levels, as well as templates to prepare netCDF files ready for sharing. 4. Adoption of our framework will facilitate collection of Essential Ocean Variables (EOVs) in support of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) and inter-governmental assessments (e.g. the World Ocean Assessment), and will provide a starting point for broader efforts to establish interoperable bio-logging data formats across all fields in animal ecology.

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Regional variation in winter foraging strategies by Weddell Seals in Eastern Antarctica and the Ross Sea

2021-09-22 , Harcourt, Robert , Hindell, Mark , McMahon, Clive R. , Goetz, Kimberly T. , Charrassin, Jean-Benoit , Heerah, Karine , Holser, Rachel R. , Jonsen, Ian , Shero, Michelle R. , Hoenner, Xavier , Foster, Rose , Lenting, Baukje , Tarszisz, Esther , Pinkerton, Matthew H.

The relative importance of intrinsic and extrinsic determinants of animal foraging is often difficult to quantify. The most southerly breeding mammal, the Weddell seal, remains in the Antarctic pack-ice year-round. We compared Weddell seals tagged at three geographically and hydrographically distinct locations in East Antarctica (Prydz Bay, Terre Adélie, and the Ross Sea) to quantify the role of individual variability and habitat structure in winter foraging behaviour. Most Weddell seals remained in relatively small areas close to the coast throughout the winter, but some dispersed widely. Individual utilisation distributions (UDi, a measure of the total area used by an individual seal) ranged from 125 to 20,825 km2. This variability was not due to size or sex but may be due to other intrinsic states for example reproductive condition or personality. The type of foraging (benthic vs. pelagic) varied from 56.6 ± 14.9% benthic dives in Prydz Bay through 42.1 ± 9.4% Terre Adélie to only 25.1 ± 8.7% in the Ross Sea reflecting regional hydrographic structure. The probability of benthic diving was less likely the deeper the ocean. Ocean topography was also influential at the population level; seals from Terre Adélie, with its relatively narrow continental shelf, had a core (50%) UD of only 200 km2, considerably smaller than the Ross Sea (1650 km2) and Prydz Bay (1700 km2). Sea ice concentration had little influence on the time the seals spent in shallow coastal waters, but in deeper offshore water they used areas of higher ice concentration. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Ross Sea encompass all the observed Weddell seal habitat, and future MPAs that include the Antarctic continental shelf are likely to effectively protect key Weddell seal habitat.