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The Metatron: Experimental Ecology Gets Connected

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Science  20 Jul 2012:
Vol. 337, Issue 6092, pp. 279
DOI: 10.1126/science.337.6092.279

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Nestled in the foothills of the Pyrenees in France, an unusual new ecological laboratory called the Metatron is set to provide insights into how animals disperse across landscapes—a sometimes mysterious process that can be crucial to conservation. Composed of dozens of large, interconnected white tents laid out across a 4-hectare field, the sensor-rich facility will enable researchers to explore how factors such as light, temperature, and rainfall influence animal movements.