Minimal Animal: Surveillance, Simulation, and Stochasticity in Wildlife Biology
Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Research Methods in Life Sciences
This article discusses the problematics and potentialities proposed by the "minimal animal" an animal that is nothing but a stochastic pattern across a blank page. The minimal animal was not an invention of the 1960s, but the tracking systems and digital computers that first became available during that period both broadened its reach and changed its character in significant ways.