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Ecology of Animal Migration 2019

International PhD Course, November 4th - 15th
Animals move across different spatial and temporal scales either as part of their daily life or as part of seasonal migrations to exploit resources in the environment. Well known examples are the global scale seasonal migrations in birds, sea turtles, fish and mammals, such as whales and wildebeests. Also movements at smaller scales occur, such as the vertical movements in plankton, the dispersal in soil collembolans and movements of pollinating insects. But what are the ecological causes and evolutionary consequences of animal movements?

During this two-week course you will get insight in a number of different methods and approaches to study the migration of birds, insects, fish, amphibians and mammals, ranging from experimental studies in the laboratory to tracking long-distance migration in wild animals. Lectures will be given by international authorities in the field as well as by researchers in the CAnMove Group at Lund University covering the following areas:

  • Locomotion
  • Bird Ringing
  • Migration & Dispersal
  • Orientation & Navigation
  • Ecophysiology
  • Genetics of Migration
  • Migration & Population Ecology
  • Evolution & Patterns of Migration
  • Migration & Conservation
  • Ecophysiology
  • Modelling Migration

In addition to lectures, there will be time for own projects, an excursion to the bird migration station at Falsterbo, demonstrations of bird ringing and orientation experiments as well as tracking and radar techniques and a tour to the wind tunnel. During the time of the course we will also have literature seminars, and you will have ample opportunities for discussion and further gain experience in presenting your research to fellow students.

The course corresponds to 3 credits (three weeks of full time studies) at Lund University and 4.5 ECTS credits.


Registration will open in spring 2019.




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Rachel Muheim
Course coordinator
Rachel [dot] Muheim [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 46 2223193

Anders Hedenström
Course coordinator
anders [dot] hedenstrom [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 46 2224142

Christina Rengefors
Travel & Accommodation
christina [dot] rengefors [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 46 2229614

Linus Hedh
Student contact
linus [dot] hedh [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se
Phone: +46 46 222 37 68

Centre for Animal Movement Research
Evolutionary Ecology, Department of Biology
Ecology building S-223 62 Lund Sweden