Landscape Ecology

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 331–335 | Cite as

Measuring habitat availability for dispersing animals



Understanding dispersal is central to ecology and evolution. To integrate habitat selection and dispersal it is important to compare habitat used for movement to those available in the landscape, i.e. found in an area that an animal could access in a given time period. Here, we explore ways of determining available habitat for dispersing individuals, illustrated by recent studies on habitat selection of dispersers.


Dispersal Radio telemetry Habitat selection Home range 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vesa Selonen
    • 1
  • Ilpo K. Hanski
    • 2
  • André Desrochers
    • 3
  1. 1.Section of Ecology, Department of BiologyUniversity of TurkuTurkuFinland
  2. 2.Finnish Museum of Natural HistoryUniversity of HelsinkiHelsinkiFinland
  3. 3.Centre d’étude de la forêt, Faculté de foresterie et de géomatiqueUniversité LavalQuebec CityCanada

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