the international bio-logging society

WHY BIO-LOGGING?

Effective wildlife conservation requires detailed scientific data on the movement, behaviour and physiology of free-ranging animals. Collecting such information through direct observation is challenging, and in many species, simply impossible. “Bio-logging” employs miniature animal-attached electronic tags to uncover the hidden lives of wild animals, including birds, mammals, fish and even insects. Technologies include: satellite tags to chart migration routes; video cameras to film foraging behaviour; and accelerometers to measure energy budgets. These cutting-edge approaches are revolutionising the field of biology, significantly advancing global efforts to understand and protect wildlife.

GOALS OF THE SOCIETY

The International Bio-Logging Society brings together researchers from around the world who are interested in bio-logging methods and the scientific insights they generate. Its remit is broad, covering the use of bio-logging and bio-telemetry approaches to study aquatic, terrestrial and aerial species, across the world’s ecosystems. The Society’s diverse membership includes biologists, geoscientists, conservation practitioners, physicists, engineers, computer specialists and mathematicians. By encouraging interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration, the Society hopes to advance the scientific understanding, and lasting protection, of global biodiversity. For further details, see the written constitution below.

want to beCOME a member?

We warmly invite you to become part of the International Bio-Logging Society’s diverse and international membership. You do not have to be an active user of bio-logging technology to join us – all we expect is a passion for animal biology and conservation, and a genuine interest in the research potential of bio-logging. Membership registration is currently free of charge. The possible introduction of fees will be discussed at the forthcoming International Bio-Logging Symposium (BLS-6).

Bio-logging tools

There is an expanding range of bio-logging-related resources, such as analysis tools, data repositories, and large-scale collaborative networks. As a service to our community, we aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful, non-commercial tools. If you have found a resource to be particularly helpful, we would love to hear about it; please email us at society@bio-logging.net with »Tools for website« in the subject line.

Tool

Move bank - live tracking

Tool

map of life - biodiversity app

Database

Census of marine life

Show room

case studies

We wish to showcase cutting-edge, on-going research on this website. If you have a suitable case study you want to share with the community, please email us at society@bio-logging.net with »Case study« in the subject line.

Live Data Map from Movebank

THE HIMALAYAN VULTURE

In the Himalayas, the area’s heaviest flying bird—Gyps himalayensis—soars up to 6500 metres above the rugged landscape. In 2014, 23 birds were equipped with e-Obs GmBH GPS loggers with 3D acceleration sensors to provide the only picture to date of the species’ movements: they winter in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Yunan (China) and Tibet, and summer in Mongolia and Tibet. Each color-coded track in the map above represents an individual bird, and data are reported daily into the online Movebank database. Photo courtesy of: Siddhartha Goswami

2018 – 2028

bio-logging decade

Some challenges in bio-logging science are so complex that they cannot be solved by individual researchers, or even moderately-sized teams. The Society is currently organising a high-profile initiative, the Bio-Logging Decade 2018–2028, to tackle the most urgent problems through sustained international collaboration. The Decade will pursue a portfolio of interdisciplinary projects with significant funding, ranging from the solution of long-standing basic engineering challenges, and the development of specific tagging systems, to high-effort global tracking schemes. 

If you wish to support the Decade, please get in touch with us.

Bio-logging tools

There is an expanding range of bio-logging-related resources, such as analysis tools, data repositories, and large-scale collaborative networks. As a service to our community, we aim to provide a one-stop shop for useful, non-commercial tools. If you have found a resource to be particularly helpful, we would love to hear about it; please email us at society@bio-logging.net with »Tools for website« in the subject line.

Tool

Move bank - live tracking

Tool

map of life - biodiversity app

Database

Census of marine life

Executive Committee officers and members

Team

Following enthusiastic endorsement by conference delegates at the last International Bio-Logging Symposium in Strasbourg (BLS-5), France, the Society was formed by a small group of volunteers. In late 2016, an interim Organising Committee appointed the Society’s inaugural Executive Committee, which will lead Society affairs during the launch phase, after which formal elections will be held. The Executive Committee will provide an update on its work and share its vision for the future of the Society at the next Symposium (BLS-6) in Konstanz, Germany. The Society is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusiveness in all its activities; these principles are firmly anchored in the Society’s written constitution.

Member

A/Prof. Francesca Cagnacci

Francesca is a behavioral and conservation ecologist with research emphasis on effects of climate and global change on terrestrial mammal spatial distribution and movement. She has been a bio-logging enthusiast since the beginning of her career.

Member

Dr Karen
Evans

Karen assesses the movement, behaviour and connectivity of pelagic marine predators and the impacts that anthropogenic activities have on them and their environment.

Vice-President

Dr Akiko
Kato

Akiko studies the ecology, behaviour and physiology of animals, mainly seabirds, focusing on their adaptation to the changing marine environment and their role in the marine ecosystem.

Communications Officer

A/Prof. Mary-Anne

Lea

Mary-Anne studies the behavioural ecology of mammals (especially seals) and seabirds using bio-logging techniques, often in cooler parts of the planet. 

Equality and Diversity Officer

Dr Sara
Maxwell

Sara uses bio-logging to advance sustainability in the oceans, with a particular focus on sea turtles, seabirds and marine mammals. 

Member

Dr Bernie McConnell

Bernie is Deputy Director of the Sea Mammal Research Unit. His interests include bio-logging instrumentation, seal ecology, old wooden fishing boats and modelling individual movement.

Member

Dr Monica Muelbert

Monica studies birds and mammals in oceans, with a special interest in the Southern Ocean and its connectivity to South America.

Treasurer

A/Prof. Susan Parks

Susan is a behavioral ecologist specializing in marine mammal acoustic communication and the effects of noise.

Secretary

Dr Yan

Ropert-Coudert

Yan is a marine ecologist specializing in seabird behavioural ecology (penguins mainly)  from the tropics to the poles.

President

Prof. Christian Rutz

Christian studies tropical crows that have the curious habit of using foraging tools. He has pioneered the use of miniature video-cameras and proximity loggers for studying wild birds.

Member

Prof. David Sims

David researches the movement ecology and behaviour of sharks, skates and rays and applies these data to inform conservation of threatened species

Membership Officer

A/Prof. Akinori Takahashi

Akinori studies the foraging behaviour of seabirds in Antarctic, Arctic, and Japanese waters using bio-logging instruments.

Member

Prof. Martin Wikelski 

Martin is interested in using bio-loggers on animals to establish a global network of intelligent sensors for life.

The Executive Committee is supported by the following

guests and helpers

Contact with service providers, with Dr McConnell

Twitter team

Development of ‘best practice’ guidelines, with Prof. Rutz and Prof. Sims

Secretary, with Dr Ropert-Coudert

Twitter team

Twitter team, and organiser of ‘dependent care subsidies’ programme for BLS-6

News

PRETZLES, SUN AND WATER VIEWS AT BLS6

Tokyo-2003...St Andrews-2006...Asilomar-2008...Hobart-2011... Strasbourg-2014...Konstanz-2017.
 

Five-hundred people from 28 different countries gathered at the Bodenseeforum on the shores of Lake Constance for 5 days to discuss their studies of aquatic, terrestrial and aerial species, and their habitats using animal-attached electronic devices. Seventy-five scholars presented their work in short 15 minute presentations and discussions. The keynote speakers included Jerry Kooyman, Henri Weimerskirch, Urska Demsar, Katsufumi Sato, Barbara Block, Meg Crofoot and Ortwin Renn who shared their expertise in a half hour presentation. One day was dedicated to workshops, which included three half-day and three full-day workshops where participants learned some hands-on advice about bio-logging


One of the highlights of the symposium was announcing the newly-formed International Bio-logging Society by Christian Rutz, the President of the Society.

At the conference banquet, the history of the Konzil building (1414) was presented by a historian and Jan Blake, a storyteller from England, took her audience away on a journey with her beautiful stories.

Bio-loggers are known for their openness and inquisitiveness - and this conference was no exception. Delegates were impressed with the choice of truly educational presentations and debates afterwards. The sun was shining every day and the atmosphere was positive. So, all in all, another successful BLS has ended and we are already looking forward to the next Bio-logging Symposium!


Now the big question: where will BLS7 be in 2020?

THE 6TH INTERNATIONAL BIO-LOGGING SCIENCE SYMPOSIUM

22–27 SEP 2017

LAKE CONSTANCE GERMANY

Join us in the heart of Europe as we push the boundaries of using animal attached electronic devices to study aquatic, terrestrial and aerial species. 

Contact

International

Bio-Logging Society

Office contact

Professor Christian Rutz

School of Biology

University of St Andrews

Sir Harold Mitchell Building

St Andrews KY16 9TH

Fife, Scotland, UK

society@bio-logging.net