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dc.contributor.authorWessling, Erin G.
dc.contributor.authorSamuni, Liran
dc.contributor.authorMundry, Roger
dc.contributor.authorPascual, Miguel Adan
dc.contributor.authorLucchesi, Stefano
dc.contributor.authorKambale, Bienfait
dc.contributor.authorSurbeck, Martin
dc.identifier.citationWessling , E G , Samuni , L , Mundry , R , Pascual , M A , Lucchesi , S , Kambale , B & Surbeck , M 2022 , ' Evaluating the efficacy of a consumer-centric method for ecological sampling : using bonobo ( Pan paniscus ) feeding patterns as an instrument for tropical forest characterization ' , Ecology and Evolution , vol. 12 , no. 12 , e9606 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 282814168
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: e929fe90-92c7-4e32-9204-1902c15eb6d6
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:5EDED4CA0FE1DEA449A22A183BF7F8B7
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85145325274
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000905691000001
dc.descriptionFunding: This work was supported by Harvard University and the Max Planck Society.en
dc.description.abstractCharacteristics of food availability and distribution are key components of a species' ecology. Objective ecological surveying used in animal behavior research does not consider aspects of selection by the consumer and therefore may produce imprecise measures of availability. We propose a method to integrate ecological sampling of an animal's environment into existing behavioral data collection systems by using the consumer as the surveyor. Here, we evaluate the consumer-centric method (CCM) of assessing resource availability for its ability to measure food resource abundance, distribution, and dispersion. This method catalogs feeding locations observed during behavioral observation and uses aggregated data to characterize these ecological metrics. We evaluated the CCM relative to traditional vegetation plot surveying using accumulated feeding locations across 3 years visited by a tropical frugivore, the bonobo (Pan paniscus), and compared it with data derived from over 200 vegetation plots across their 50 km2+ home ranges. We demonstrate that food species abundance estimates derived from the CCM are comparable to those derived from traditional vegetation plot sampling in less than 2 years of data collection, and agreement improved when accounting for aspects of consumer selectivity in objective vegetation plot sampling (e.g., tree size minima). Density correlated between CCM and plot-derived estimates and was relatively insensitive to home range inclusion and other species characteristics, however, it was sensitive to sampling frequency. Agreement between the methods in relative distribution of resources performed better across species than expected by chance, although measures of dispersion correlated poorly. Once tested in other systems, the CCM may provide a robust measure of food availability for use in relative food availability indices and can be incorporated into existing observational data collection. The CCM has an advantage over traditional sampling methods as it incorporates sampling biases relevant to the consumer, thereby serving as a promising method for animal behavioral research.
dc.relation.ispartofEcology and Evolutionen
dc.rightsCopyright © 2022 The Authors. Ecology and Evolution published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.en
dc.subjectFood availabilityen
dc.subjectResource selectionen
dc.subjectSpecies abundanceen
dc.subjectVegetation ploten
dc.subjectQL Zoologyen
dc.titleEvaluating the efficacy of a consumer-centric method for ecological sampling : using bonobo (Pan paniscus) feeding patterns as an instrument for tropical forest characterizationen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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