EUropean ROe DEER is an open, bottom-up scientific network based on knowledge and data sharing to investigate the spatial ecology of European deer in their different habitats and management regimes

EURODEER network at June 2020

Since 2012, Vectronic Aeropsace GmbH is the official sponsor for EURODEER. Vectronic supports activities and spatial database development and maintenance, showing to strongly believe in the potential of animal-borne information for science.

EURODEER is part of EUROMAMMALS, an umbrella project that coordinates the different species-specific EURO* projects. It promotes inter-species projects and connects with other projects for larger collaborative science initiatives.

Peters W., Hebblewhite M., Mysterud A., Eacker D., Hewison M., Focardi S., Urbano F., Gehr B., Heurich M., Jarnemo A., Kjellander P., Kröschel M., Linnell J., Morellet N., Pedrotti L., Reinecke H., Sandford,R., Soennichsen L., Sunde P., Cagnacci F. 2018. Large herbivores migration plasticity along wide environmental gradients in Europe: life-history traits modulate forage effect. Oikos. DOI 10.1111/oik.05588
Couriot O., Hewison A.J.M., Said S., Cagnacci F., Chamaillé-Jammes S., Linnel J.D.C., Mysterud A., Peters W., Urbano F., Heurich M., Kjellander P., Nicoloso S., Berger A., Sustr P., Kroeschel M., Soennichsen L., Sandfort R., Gehr B., Morellet N. 2018. Truly sedentary? The multi-range tactic as a response to resource heterogeneity and unpredictability in a large herbivore. Oecologia. DOI 10.1007/s00442-018-4131-5
Peters W., Hebblewhite,M., Mysterud A., Spitz D., Focardi S., Urbano F., Morellet N., Heurich M., Kjellander P., Linnell J. D. C., Cagnacci F. 2017. Migration in geographic and ecological space by a large herbivore. Ecological Monographs 87(2): 297-320. DOI 10.1002/ecm.1250.
Ossi F., Gaillard J.M., Hebblewhite M., Morellet N., Ranc N., Sandfort R., Kroechel M., Kjellander P., Mysterud A., Linnell J.D.C., Heurich M., Soennischen L., Sustr P., Berger A., Rocca M., Urbano F., Cagnacci F. 2016. Plastic response by a small cervid to ad-libitum supplemental feeding in winter across a wide environmental gradient. Ecosphere 8(1): e01629. DOI 10.1002/ecs2.1629.
Cagnacci F., Focardi S., Ghisla A., van Moorter B., Merrill E., Gurarie E., Heurich M., Mysterud A., Linnell J.D.C., Panzacchi M., May R., Nygård T., Rolandsen C., Hebblewhite M. 2016. How many routes lead to migration? Comparison of methods to assess and characterise migratory movements. Journal of Animal Ecology 85(1): 54-68. DOI 10.1111/1365-2656.12449
Debeffe L., Focardi S., Bonenfant C., Hewison A.J.M., Morellet N., Vanpé C., Heurich M., Kjellander P., Linnell J.D.C., Mysterud A., Pellerin M., Sustr P., Urbano F., Cagnacci F. 2014. A one night stand? Reproductive excursions of female roe deer as a breeding dispersal tactic. Oecologia 176(2), 431-443. DOI 10.1007/s00442-014-3021-8
Morellet N., Bonenfant C., Börger L., Ossi F., Cagnacci F., Heurich M., Kjellander P., Linnell J.D.C., Nicoloso S., Pavel S., Urbano F., Mysterud A. 2013. Seasonality, weather, and climate affect home range size in roe deer across a wide latitudinal gradient within Europe. Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 1326–1339. DOI 10.1111/1365-2656.12105
Cagnacci F., Focardi S., Hewison A.J.M., Morellet N., Heurich M., Stache A., Kjellander P., Linnell J.D.C., Mysterud A., Neteler M., Delucchi L., Ossi F., Urbano F. 2011. Partial migration in roe deer: migratory and resident tactics are end points of a behavioural gradient determined by ecological factors. Oikos 120: 1790–1802. DOI 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2011.19441.x

EURODEER is an open project and anyone is welcome to join. If you study roe deer or other deer species and have roe deer movement data or other kind of data to share with us, or are simply interested in the project, please get in contact.
According to EURODEER terms of use, data can be accessed only by those who contribute with data of some kind. The use of data is always bounded to preliminary agreement with data owners.
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.
EURODEER 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 EURODEER activities. EURODEER 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.