Animal Migration: A Synthesis

Paperback | February 20, 2011

EditorE.J. Milner-Gulland, John M. Fryxell, Anthony R.E. Sinclair

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Despite the wealth of natural historical research conducted on migration over decades, there is still a dearth of hypothesis-driven studies that fully integrate theory and empirical analyses to understand the causes and consequences of migration, and a taxonomic bias towards birds in muchmigration research. This book takes a comparative, integrated view of animal migration, linking evolution with ecology and management, theory with empirical research, and embracing all the major migratory taxa (including human pastoralists). The scope extends beyond the target organism to considerthe ecosystem-level dynamics of migration. The emphasis is on exciting new research avenues that are now opening up, whether due to advances in our understanding of migration as a biological phenomenon or through the availability of a range of new technologies. Broad themes that emerge include integrating migration into the broad spectrum of movement behaviour, the need for a comparative and cross-taxonomic approach that considers migration at a range of temporal and spatial scales, and examination of the key roles of resource uncertainty and spatialheterogeneity in driving migratory behaviour. The book identifies the potential for new tools to revolutionise the study of migration, including satellite-tracking technology, genomics, and modelling - all of which are linked to increasing computing power. We are now on the verge of a breakthroughin migration research, which is crucial given the multiple threats that face the conservation of migration as a phenomenon, including climate change.

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Despite the wealth of natural historical research conducted on migration over decades, there is still a dearth of hypothesis-driven studies that fully integrate theory and empirical analyses to understand the causes and consequences of migration, and a taxonomic bias towards birds in muchmigration research. This book takes a comparativ...

E.J. Milner-Gulland studied Pure and Applied Biology at Oxford University, and then did a PhD in resource management at Imperial College London, modelling the harvesting of elephants, rhinos and saiga antelopes. She held a Junior Research Fellowship at New College Oxford, was a visiting post-doctoral research at the University of Brit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.07 inPublished:February 20, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. John Fryxell, E.J. Milner-Gulland, and Anthony Sinclair: IntroductionTheme 1: The Evolution of Migration2. Kate Cresswell, Will Satterthwaite, and Greg Sword: Understanding the evolution of migration through empirical examples3. Robert Holt and John Fryxell: Theoretical reflections on the evolution of migrationTheme 2: How to Migrate4. Anders Hedenstrom, Melissa Bowlin, Ran Nathan, Bart Nolet, and Martin Wikelski: Mechanistic principles of locomotion performance in migrating animals5. Nir Sapir, Patrick J. Butler, Anders Hedenstrom, and Martin Wikelski: Energy gain and use during animal migration6. Silke Bauer, Bart Nolet, Jarl Giske, Jason Chapman, Susanne Akesson, Anders Hedenstrom, and John Fryxell: Cues and Decision rules in animal migrationTheme 3: Migration in Time and Space7. Niclas Jonzen, Endre Knudsen, Robert Holt, and Bernt-Erik Saether: Uncertainty and predictability: the niches of migrants and nomads8. Luca Borger, Jason Matthiopoulos, Ricardo Holdo, Juan Morales, Iain Couzin, and Edward McCauley: Migration quantified: Constructing models and linking them with dataTheme 4: Broader Contexts9. Ricardo Holdo, Robert Holt, Anthony Sinclair, Brendan Godley, and Simon Thirgood: Migration impacts on communities and ecosystems: empirical evidence and theoretical insights10. Roy Behnke, Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, Matthew Turner, and Florian Stammler: Pastoral migration: Mobile systems of animal husbandry11. Jennifer Shuter, Annette Broderick, David Agnew, Niclas Jonzen, Brendan Godley, E.J. Milner-Gulland, and Simon Thirgood: Conservation and management of migratory species12. E.J. Milner-Gulland, John Fryxell, and Anthony Sinclair: ConclusionReferencesIndex