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 spatial ecology of European wildlife across wide environmental gradients
Since 2012, Vectronic Aerospace GmbH is the official sponsor of EURODEER project. In 2018, it has started to support the entire EUROMAMMALS initiative, showing to strongly believe in collaborative science and 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 mammal species and have collected movement 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 the mammal species studied by the networks, but a wide range of other information on population, study areas, hunting regimes, capture, mortality, 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, with the perspective to move towards on-the-fly algorithms to perform the spatio-temporal join between animal-borne and environmental data.
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 bottom-up networks focussed on collaborative science. That said, in addition to the scientific coordinators, a team of database developers and data curators work part time on the project to update the platform, run data quality check and support groups for specific analysis. They are supported financially by the sponsor and the voluntary contributions from partners, so everyone is encouraged to contribute according to their financial possibilities.