University of Tasmania

File(s) under permanent embargo

Guidelines for using movement science to inform biodiversity policy

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-18, 20:42 authored by Barton, PS, Lentini, PE, Alacs, E, Bau, S, Buckley, YM, Burns, EL, Driscoll, DA, Guja, LK, Kujala, H, Lahoz-Monfort, JJ, Mortelliti, A, Nathan, R, Rowe, R, Smith, AL
Substantial advances have been made in our understanding of the movement of species, including processes such as dispersal and migration. This knowledge has the potential to improve decisions about biodiversity policy and management, but it can be difficult for decision makers to readily access and integrate the growing body of movement science. This is, in part, due to a lack of synthesis of information that is sufficiently contextualized for a policy audience. Here, we identify key species movement concepts, including mechanisms, types, and moderators of movement, and review their relevance to (1) national biodiversity policies and strategies, (2) reserve planning and management, (3) threatened species protection and recovery, (4) impact and risk assessments, and (5) the prioritization of restoration actions. Based on the review, and considering recent developments in movement ecology, we provide a new framework that draws links between aspects of movement knowledge that are likely the most relevant to each biodiversity policy category. Our framework also shows that there is substantial opportunity for collaboration between researchers and government decision makers in the use of movement science to promote positive biodiversity outcomes.


Publication title

Environmental Management










Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies


Springer New York LLC

Place of publication

United States

Rights statement

Copyright 2015 Springer Science+Business Media New York

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Other environmental management not elsewhere classified