Migration: The Biology of Life on the Move

Paperback | July 28, 2014

byHugh Dingle

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Migration, broadly defined as directional movement to take advantage of spatially distributed resources, is a dramatic behaviour and an important component of many life histories that can contribute to the fundamental structuring of ecosystems. In recent years, our understanding of migrationhas advanced radically with respect to both new data and conceptual understanding. It is now almost twenty years since publication of the first edition, and an authoritative and up-to-date sequel that provides a taxonomically comprehensive overview of the latest research is therefore timely. The emphasis throughout this advanced textbook is on the definition and description of migratory behaviour, its ecological outcomes for individuals, populations, and communities, and how these outcomes lead to natural selection acting on the behaviour to cause its evolution. It takes a trulyintegrative approach, showing how comparisons across a diversity of organisms and biological disciplines can illuminate migratory life cycles, their evolution, and the relation of migration to other movements.Migration: The Biology of Life on the Move focuses on migration as a behavioural phenomenon with important ecological consequences for organisms as diverse as aphids, butterflies, birds and whales. It is suitable for senior undergraduate and graduate level students taking courses in behaviour,spatial ecology, "movement ecology", and conservation. It will also be of interest and use to a broader audience of professional ecologists and behaviourists seeking an authoritative overview of this rapidly expanding field.

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Migration, broadly defined as directional movement to take advantage of spatially distributed resources, is a dramatic behaviour and an important component of many life histories that can contribute to the fundamental structuring of ecosystems. In recent years, our understanding of migrationhas advanced radically with respect to both n...

Hugh Dingle is Professor Emeritus of Entomology and the Center for Population Biology at the University of California, Davis where he was a Director of the Animal Behavior Graduate Group. He is Past President and a Fellow of the Animal Behaviour Society and has a B.A. from Cornell and a PhD in Zoology from the University of Michigan. ...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.68 inPublished:July 28, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199640394

ISBN - 13:9780199640393

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Migration and Methods for Its Study1. Taxonomy of Movement2. Migration: Definition and Scope3. Patterns in Migratory Journeys4. Methods for Studying MigrationPart Two: Proximate Factors in Migration5. Migration, Winds, and Currents6. Physiology of Migration7. Biomechanical and Bioenergetic Constraints on Migration8. Orientation and NavigationPart Three: Migratory Life Histories and Their Evolution9. Seasonal Migration Patterns10. Migration to Special Habitats11. Migration under Ephemeral Conditions12. Behavioral and Life-History Variability in Migration13. Polymorphisms and Polyphenisms14. Evolutionary Genetics of MigrationPart Four: Migration and Human Biology15. Human Interactions with Migration16. Summing Up and Future DirectionsReferences

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"This book is an introduction and more to both the facts of migration, and also to the large body of discussion which has evolved around the subject. Dingle brings together a huge range of knowledge from a wide variety of fields to produce a fascinating new synthesis of migration. This work iswell referenced and a pleasure to read, a highly commendable addition to any library. Highly recommended." --Gordon's Oxford University Press Review Page