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. This book takes a comparative, integrated view of animal migration, linking evolution with ecology and management, theory with empirical research, and embracing all of the migratory taxa (including human pastoralists). The scope extends beyond the target organism to consider the ecosystem-level dynamics of migration.The book identifies the potential for new tools to revolutionize the study of migration, including satellite-tracking technology, genomics, and modelling - all of which are linked to increasing computer 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.
John Fryxell is an ecologist in the the Department of Integrative Ecology, with special interests in the role that behavior plays in ecological interactions. Much of his work has centered on plants, herbivores, and mammalian carnivores in terrestrial ecosystems. Since his PhD thesis work in Sudan in the 1980's he has maintained a strong research interest in African ecology, particularly the Serengeti ecosystem.