EUROMAMMALS is an umbrella project that coordinates and connects different species-specific, open, bottom-up projects that promote collaborative science among research institutes based on knowledge and data sharing to investigate the movement ecology of European wildlife in their different habitats and management regimes
Since 2012, Vectronic Aerospace GmbH is the official sponsor of EURODEER project. In 2018, it has started to support EUROMAMMALS, which includes sponsorship for EURODEER, EUREDDEER, EUROLYNX and EUROBOAR networks, activities and spatial database development, showing to strongly believe in the scientific potentiality of animal-borne information, such that provided by their products.
EUROMAMMALS is an open project and anyone is welcome to join. If you study mammals species and have movement data or other kind of data to share with us, or are simply interested in the project, please get in contact.
The main focus of the database is tracking data (i.e. GPS, VHF, activity) of roe deer, but a wide range of other information on population, study areas, capture, hunting regimes etc is available and standardized among different research groups. Moreover, the database integrates many environmental dataset like smoothed MODIS NDVI, CORINE land cover maps, meteo data, DEM, among the others. Data from other biotelemetry devices might come in the future.
EUROMAMMALS financial resources come from the voluntary contributions of each partner. On top of this, in the last years Vectronic Aerospace GmbH has generously sponsored many of the EUROMAMMALS activities. EUROMAMMALS is currently applying for granting opportunities and collaborations in this sense are very welcome.
No, you don't have to. Participation is free and the goal is to create a network to produce collaborative science. That said, in addition to a scientific coordinator (Francesca Cagnacci), a team made of a database developer and 2 data curators works part time on the project to update the platform, run data quality check and support groups for specific analysis. They are paid with the money coming from the sponsor and the voluntary contributions from partners, so everyone is encouraged to contribute according to his financial possibilities.