BMC Ecol 2017 04 4;17(1):11. Epub 2017 Apr 4.
Department of Zoology, Palacký University, tř. 17. listopadu 50, 77146, Olomouc, Czech Republic.
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J Anim Ecol 2017 Jan 10;86(1):88-97. Epub 2016 Nov 10.
Conservation Ecology Group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Sciences, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 11103, NL-9700, CC, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Properly timed spring migration enhances reproduction and survival. Climate change requires organisms to respond to changes such as advanced spring phenology. Pied flycatchers Ficedula hypoleuca have become a model species to study such phenological adaptations of long-distance migratory songbirds to climate change, but data on individuals' time schedules outside the breeding season are still lacking. Read More
PLoS One 2013 31;8(5):e64587. Epub 2013 May 31.
Department of Biology, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The decline of long distance migratory songbirds has been linked to an increasing mismatch between spring arrival date and timing of food availability caused by climate change. It is unclear to what extent individuals can adjust migration timing or en route rate in response to annual variation in temperature at breeding sites. We tracked the ca. Read More
PLoS One 2013 18;8(10):e79209. Epub 2013 Oct 18.
Molecular Ecology and Evolution Laboratory, Department of Biology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.
Recent technological advancements now allow us to obtain geographical position data for a wide range of animal movements. Here we used light-level geolocators to study the annual migration cycle in great reed warblers (Acrocephalus arundinaceus), a passerine bird breeding in Eurasia and wintering in sub-Saharan Africa. We were specifically interested in seasonal strategies in routes and schedules of migration. Read More
BMC Ecol 2014 Mar 21;14. Epub 2014 Mar 21.
Department of Bird Migration, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Seerose 1, Sempach 6204, Switzerland.
Background: The timing of migration substantially influences individual fitness. To match peak requirements with peak resource availability, we hypothesized that individual migrants schedule spring migration in close relation to seasonal changes in environmental conditions along the route and particularly, at the breeding destination.To test this hypothesis, we investigated the timing of spring migration in male common nightingales Luscinia megarhynchos, a small Palearctic-African long-distance migrant, by linking spring migration timing to the phenology of local environmental conditions at non-breeding migratory stopover and breeding sites. Read More