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dc.contributor.advisorHobbs, N. Thompson
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Melanie
dc.contributor.committeememberMiller, Michael W.
dc.contributor.committeememberCrooks, Kevin
dc.contributor.committeememberMassey, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned2007-01-03T08:03:01Z
dc.date.available2007-01-03T08:03:01Z
dc.date.issued2012
dc.description2012 Spring.
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.
dc.description.abstractThe construction of low-cost, advanced Global Positioning System (GPS) telemetry systems for wildlife tracking is growing in popularity, especially systems that can communicate with each other to track contacts and, more recently, transfer data. This novel function represents a step forward from current technology because it allows researchers to retrieve data from collars that have been damaged or lost. It also elucidates broad networks of interactions between individuals to monitor disease spread and social preference. I tested the communication and data transfer capabilities of a low-cost, custom-built GPS telemetry collar with an on-board wireless sensor network. I performed several trials using captive bighorn sheep to measure how data transfer reliability is impacted by the bodily obstruction of an animal, and to determine the accuracy of logged contacts. I present the results of these trials, which show that data transfer is adversely affected by the placement of the collar around the sheeps' necks, but that the contact accuracy remains uncompromised. Once refined, this technology could represent a significant improvement over currently-available telemetry devices, and may offer novel insight into previously unobserved ecological phenomena.
dc.format.mediumborn digital
dc.format.mediummasters theses
dc.identifierDavis_Melanie_colostate_0053N_11045.pdf
dc.identifierETDF2012500025ECOL
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10217/65319
dc.languageEnglish
dc.publisherColorado State University. Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof2000-2019 - CSU Theses and Dissertations
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dc.subjectdelay tolerant network
dc.subjectglobal positioning system
dc.subjectproximity logger
dc.subjectstate-centric telemetry
dc.subjectwildlife telemetry
dc.subject.lcshOvis canadensis
dc.titleEvaluation of a novel wildlife telemetry device with data transfer capabilities
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thesis.degree.disciplineEcology
thesis.degree.grantorColorado State University
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Science (M.S.)


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