Physical characteristics of stimuli within sensory landscapes

Project Overview
Project Abstract: 
Animals make many ecological decisions such as foraging, mating and predator avoidance based on the information they extract from the sensory signals in their environment. These stimuli can include visual signals, auditory signals, chemical signals, abiotic and biotic factors. Environmental stimuli which include the information animals’ use for decision making can be called a sensory landscape. The sensory landscape is constantly being altered by different interactions between different biotic and abiotic factors. In addition to the movement and transmission of stimuli within a landscape, the type of stimuli relative to the needs of the organism can alter the attractiveness of different aspects of the landscape.In order to investigate how prey animals make decisions about resource acquisition within dynamic sensory landscapes, it is necessary to measure sensory landscapes at the same spatial and temporal scales at which animals extract ecological information. By understanding the physical characteristics within sensory landscapes, we can understand how environmental stimuli move through the sensory landscape. The purpose of this study is to quantify the physical characteristics of chemical, mechanical, and visual signals within an aquatic habitat
Investigator Info
Years research project active: 
2013 to 2014