The Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS) have funded two working groups to aid with the connection between OzTrack and the Australasian animal telemetry community.
The first meeting took place at Stradbroke Island in November 2012. It was attended by statisticians, population modellers, and field biologists: all with a common interest in tracking animals within Australasia.
The group discussed and produced insights for further OzTrack development. They even identified issues that the OzTrack team had yet to consider. For example, what happens when a tagged animal crosses the east-west meridian line? Answer: it suddenly appears on the other side of the world.
The next working group meeting will take place in April 2013. We will be pondering (over a few beers, and some bare-foot bowls) how individual-based animal movement data collected from a range of different species can help to address some of the most serious environmental problems of Australia.