I’ve always been interested in ways to gather data about habitat complexity – it is of obvious importance to many different organisms, but is complex (no pun intended) to measure quantitatively…… until now (maybe). Kamal et al (2014) in an article published in Methods Ecology and Evolution, have used X box Kinnect sensors in a really interesting way and I think have gained a nice measure of complexity – Fractal dimension (yet another FD!). According to the paper – the higher the FD the higher the structural complexity – I would be interested to see how this works for myself. To the authors credit they use cheap components and free software to calculate this measure, so next time I’m in the field I may give it a go.
Here is the link: