Migration : The Biology of Life on the Move: The Biology of Life on the Move

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Oxford University Press, USA, Jan 18, 1996 - Nature - 480 pages
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Migration is one of the most fascinating and dramatic of all animal behaviors. Historically, however, the study of migration has been fragmented, with ornithologists, entomologists, and marine biologists paying little attention to work outside their own fields. This treatment of the subject shows how comparisons across taxa can in fact illuminate migratory life cycles and the relation of migration to other movements. The book thus takes an integrated ecological perspective, focusing on migration as a biological phenomenon. The work is divided into four parts, each with a brief introductory section. Part I defines migration, gives examples, and places migration in the spectrum of movement behaviors, concluding with a chapter on methods for its study. Part II focuses on proximate mechanisms, including physiology and morphology (and the constraints associated with them), the interactions between migration and wind and current patterns, and the various orientation and navigation mechanisms by which migrants find their way about. Part III on the evolution of migratory life histories addresses the evolutionary and ecological basis for migration and the roles of migration not only in the lives of organisms, but also in the ecological communities in which they live. Part IV is devoted to a brief consideration of migration and its relation to pest management and conservation. As a major contribution to a vital subject, this work will be valued by all researchers and students in the field of animal behavior, ecology, and zoology.

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Migration and Methods for Its Study
A Taxonomy of Movement
Migration A Definition
Patterns in Migratory Journeys
Methods for Studying Migration
Proximate Factors in Migration
Migration Winds and Currents
The Physiology of Migration
Migration to Special Habitats
Migration under Ephemeral Conditions
Behavioral and LifeHistory Variability in Migration
Polymorphisms and Polyphenisms
Evolutionary Genetics of Migration
Applications and Implications
Migration and Pest Management
Migration and Conservation

Biomechanical and Bioenergetic Constraints on Migration
Orientation and Navigation
Migratory Life Histories and Their Evolution
Seasonal Migration
Summing Up and Future Directions

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Hugh Dingle is Professor in the Department of Entomology and Center for Population Biology, University of California, Davis. He is past President of the Animal Behavior Society and has a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Mihigan. After postdoctoral research at Cambridge and Michigan, Dingle went to the University of Iowa in 1964, moving to Davis in 1982. He has conducted research on migration in Kenya, Thailand, Australia, the Caribbean, and North America.

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