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Internal biological clocks can't keep up with climate change

In a theme issue of the scientific magazine Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - focusing on the wild clocks within animals - Susanne Åkesson and collegues are contributing with two review articles.
flying birds
Photo: Björn Malmhagen

One of the papers, "Timing avian long-distance migration: from internal clock mechanisms to global flights" describes the problems that migrating birds face when temperatures rise - many birds arrive to their breeding and winter quarters at a time which is not optimal for feeding. Read more at http://www.biology.lu.se/article/climate-change-causes-late-arrival!

Also the science news on Swedish national radio reported on this. Listen to it here! (at 2:12)

The second review article, "Methods in field chronobiology", describes different methods that can be used to study chronobiology in nature.

 

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