Online extras to accompany the ABG’s poster at the International Congress of Neuroethology held in Brisbane, Australia (July 15-20, 2018). The poster is available here as a pdf file [6 MB].

See below for:

  • Our analytical approach
  • Images: shade and sun
  • Video of animation sequences
  • The Virtual Lens project

Analytical approach

Images showing variation in ‘sun strength

Video of Animation sequences

Short YouTube clips showing representative animations used in this study

Varying wind and sun conditions

Effect of signaler orientation

Effect of signal movement speed

The Virtual Lens Project

We are developing an innovative approach that uses 3D animation to determine how habitat structure, weather and motion vision influence animal behaviour. Our project focuses on Australia’s charismatic dragon lizards, and will place their motion displays in a visual-ecological context. This project will link motion graphic technologies and the biological sciences and thus demonstrate the research applicability of 3D animation as a laboratory tool. Virtual environment reconstruction encourages a fresh look at the physical world here and now and will quantify the important relationship between animal behaviour and environmental characteristics. We describe our approach in full in a recently published paper in Methods in Ecology and Evolution: PDF [ 3 MB]

In addition to movement-based signals, we can use animations to explore other aspects of the motion ecology of animals, including the visual information available during predator-prey interactions. In the video below, a kookaburra swoops towards a lizard:

In the next video, we can examine the visual information available to the lizard (not signaling here):