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Connecting laboratory behavior to field function through stable isotope analysis [PeerJ]

keywords : animal behavior, ecology, ecosystem science, stable isotope

par Frédéric Magné - publié le

Inherent difficulties of tracking and observing organisms in the field often leave researchers with no choice but to conduct behavioral experiments under laboratory settings. However, results of laboratory experiments do not always translate accurately to natural conditions. A fundamental challenge in ecology is therefore to scale up from small area and short-duration laboratory experiments to large areas and long durations over which ecological processes generally operate. In this study, we propose that stable isotope analysis may be a tool that can link laboratory behavioral observations to past field interactions or function of individual organisms.(...)

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