an umbrella project that coordinates and connects different species-specific, open, bottom-up projects that promote collaborative science among research institutes based on knowledge and data sharing to investigate the spatial ecology of European wildlife across wide environmental gradients
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The European roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) is a widespread species in Europe. The EURODEER project started in 2008 and has set the stage for all others EUROMAMMALS projects. The collaborative work gave origin to a wide scientific production and more questions are being addressed!
The red deer (Cervus elaphus) is a large, iconic deer species, common in Europe. EUREDDEER shares the network with the EURODEER project, but it relies on a species-specific shared database.
The wild boar (Sus scrofa), is a suid native to much of Eurasia and one of the widest-ranging mammals. The EUROBOAR project started in 2015 and the network has been expanding rapidly to address important scientific and management questions.
The Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) is a medium-sized wild cat occurring from Northern, Central and Eastern Europe to Central Asia and Siberia, the Tibetan Plateau and the Himalayas. The EUROLYNX project started in 2018 and has rapidly built a large and dedicated community to address urgent scientific and conservation questions regarding this iconic species.
The European wildcat (Felis silvestris) is a small wild cat native to Europe and the Caucasus. The EUROWILDCAT project started in 2018 and has been steadily growing into a very wide an virbrant community with expertise and knolwedge on this secretive species of high conservation concern.
EUROSMALLMAMMALS does not focus only on one species but it covers diverse taxonomic groups the ensemble of which is referred to as 'small mammals'. The term small mammal includes terrestrial mammals with body mass < 5 kg.
EUROIBEX is an open, bottom-up scientific network to promote collaborative science, based on knowledge and data sharing, with the aim to investigate the movement and spatial ecology of the Capra Ibex, one of the most iconic species of the Alpine range
AFRIMOVE is an independent project federated with the European species-specific scientific network. It is based on a geographic area (mainly southern Africa) instead of a single species. It started in 2018 and the databse and network are already well established.
Since 2012, Vectronic Aerospace GmbH is the official sponsor of EURODEER project. In 2018, it has started to support the entire EUROMAMMALS initiative, showing to strongly believe in collaborative science and in the scientific potentiality of animal-borne information, such that provided by their products.
Answers to most common questions.
EUROMAMMALS is an open project and anyone is welcome to join. If you study mammal species and have collected movement or other kind of data to share with us, or are simply interested in the project, please get in contact.
The main focus of the database is tracking data (i.e. GPS, VHF, activity) of the mammal species studied by the networks, but a wide range of other information on population, study areas, hunting regimes, capture, mortality, etc is available and standardized among different research groups. Moreover, the database integrates many environmental dataset like smoothed MODIS NDVI, CORINE land cover maps, meteo data, DEM, with the perspective to move towards on-the-fly algorithms to perform the spatio-temporal join between animal-borne and environmental data.
EUROMAMMALS financial resources come from the voluntary contributions of each partner. On top of this, in the last years Vectronic Aerospace GmbH has generously sponsored many of the EUROMAMMALS activities. EUROMAMMALS is currently applying for granting opportunities and collaborations in this sense are very welcome.
No, you don't have to. Participation is free and the goal is to create bottom-up networks focussed on collaborative science. That said, in addition to the scientific coordinators, a team of database developers and data curators work part time on the project to update the platform, run data quality check and support groups for specific analysis. They are supported financially by the sponsor and the voluntary contributions from partners, so everyone is encouraged to contribute according to their financial possibilities.
As soon as possible, we suppose in a couple of months.