Animal Migration: A Synthesis

Animal Migration: A Synthesis

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

ISBN-10: 0199568995

ISBN-13: 9780199568994

Pub. Date: 03/08/2011

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

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 much migration research. This book takes a comparative, integrated view of animal

Overview

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 much migration 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 consider the 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 behavior, 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 spatial heterogeneity in driving migratory behavior. 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 breakthrough in migration research, which is crucial given the multiple threats that face the conservation of migration as a phenomenon, including climate change.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199568994
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/08/2011
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction, John Fryxell, E.J. Milner-Gulland, and Anthony Sinclair
THEME 1: THE EVOLUTION OF MIGRATION
2. Understanding the evolution of migration through empirical examples, Kate Cresswell,Will Satterthwaite, and Greg Sword
3. Theoretical reflections on the evolution of migration, Robert Holt and John Fryxell
THEME 2: HOW TO MIGRATE
4. Mechanistic principles of locomotion performance in migrating animals, Anders Hedenstrom, Melissa Bowlin, Ran Nathan, Bart Nolet, and Martin Wikelski
5. Energy gain and use during animal migration, Nir Sapir, Patrick J. Butler, Anders Hedenstrom, and Martin Wikelski
6. Cues and Decision rules in animal migration, Silke Bauer, Bart Nolet, Jarl Giske, Jason Chapman, Susanne Akesson, Anders Hedenstrom, and John Fryxell
THEME 3: MIGRATION IN TIME AND SPACE
7. Uncertainty and predictability: the niches of migrants and nomads, Niclas Jonzen, Endre Knudsen, Robert Holt, and Bernt-Erik Saether
8. Migration quantified: Constructing models and linking them with data, Luca Borger, Jason Matthiopoulos, Ricardo Holdo, Juan Morales, Iain Couzin, and Edward McCauley
THEME 4: BROADER CONTEXTS
9. Migration impacts on communities and ecosystems: empirical evidence and theoretical insights, Ricardo Holdo, Robert Holt, Anthony Sinclair, Brendan Godley, and Simon Thirgood
10. Pastoral migration: Mobile systems of animal husbandry, Roy Behnke, Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, Matthew Turner, and Florian Stammler
11. Conservation and management of migratory species, Jennifer Shuter, Annette Broderick, David Agnew, Niclas Jonzen, Brendan Godley, E.J. Milner-Gulland, and Simon Thirgood
12. Conclusion, E.J. Milner-Gulland, John Fryxell, and Anthony Sinclair
References Index

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