Department of Mathematics

Mathematical modelling of animal movement and behaviour

Do you have an interest in migration movements of animals? The Mathematical Modelling of Animal Movement and Behaviour develops and fits movement models to animals to collect data.


Animal behaviour arises through a complex mixture of biomechanical, neuronal, sensory and control constraints. The recent advent of Global Positioning System (GPS) devices small enough to be carried by an animal has made available vast quantities of animal trajectory data, which has in turn led to the development of new methods by which to analyse the data. One question of interest is how to reliably infer an animal's "behavioural state" from the trajectory data.

This project involves developing and fitting movement models to previously collected data from possums, pigeons, Westland petrels, fish and other animals.


Researchers at The University of Auckland