Table 1

Use of selected keywords in abstracts (talks and posters) submitted to the first three biologging conferences. (Where appropriate, keywords were searched for in all possible forms of spelling (e.g. behaviour/behavior) and grammatical usage (i.e. as verb, adjective, adverb and noun). Results are shown as the percentage of abstracts that contained a particular keyword at least once, and trends are indicated with symbols (new, new technology; ∼, no clear trend; +, increase; −, decrease). ODBA, overall dynamic body acceleration. For further details, see tables S1 and S2 in the electronic supplementary material.)

conference

categories and keywordstrend200320052008
(a) tagging technology
 satellite (tracking, not remote sensing)25.029.022.4
 Argos8.014.010.5
 GPS+6.09.714.7
 Fastlocnewn.a.n.a.6.3
 acceler* (as in accelerometer)+14.016.120.3
(b) analysis and research approach
 state* (as in state-space model)+0.02.25.6
 ODBAnewn.a.n.a.2.1
 hypoth* (as in hypothesis)+4.09.710.5
 model* (as in theoretical model)a+16.017.223.1
 experim* (as in experiment)b10.09.79.1
 calibr* (as in calibration)b+1.02.24.9
(c) research topics
 physiol* (as in physiology)17.012.910.5
 behav* (as in behaviour)+52.064.566.4
 forag* (as in foraging)+41.047.348.3
 habitat+13.011.833.6
 conserv* (as in conservation biology)+4.04.39.1
 climat* (as in climate change)c+0.01.17.0
  • a This includes references to theoretical, mathematical and statistical models.

  • b The authors' own judgement is accepted of what constitutes an ‘experiment’ or a ‘calibration’, respectively.

  • c This only includes cases that explicitly mention ‘change’ or ‘changing’; for results of a broader search, see table S2 in the electronic supplementary material.