SICB Annual Meeting 2010
January 3-7, 2010
Seattle, WA

Symposium: Integrative Migration Biology

Billions of animals migrate each year, and they can have enormous effects on the communities and ecosystems they inhabit. We wish to bring together researchers from many different countries that are attempting to integrate ecology, evolution, behavior, physiology, and theory in order to understand the phenomenon of migration. In order to migrate, organisms themselves must integrate many aspects of behavior, physiology, genetics, and morphology. Migration is therefore an excellent system in which to study adaptation and the interplay between various ecological and evolutionary levels of analysis. However, research on migration has often tended to focus on one narrow aspect of migratory behavior or physiology, largely due to methodological constraints. More recently, biologists have begun to examine multiple aspects of migration in order to better understand this important life history strategy. The primary goal of this symposium is to bring these researchers together with students and post-docs who are just staring their research programs in order to foster discussion and collaboration and further the development of integrative migration biology research.

Unfortunately, abstract submission for sessions complementing our symposium has closed. However, registration is still open, and attending the symposium as a student or post-doc will give you a wonderful opportunity to interact with some of the top researchers in the field of animal migration.

Funding for this symposium was provided by MIGRATE, an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network, and SICB.

This symposium and the complementary session(s) are designed to provide a venue for researchers from around the globe to discuss the past, present, and future of migration research.

Organized by: Melissa S. Bowlin, Isabelle-Anne Bisson, and Martin Wikelski


S6.1 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 08:00 BOWLIN, MS*; BISSON, I-A; WIKELSKI, M: Integrative migration biology: Past, present and an exciting future

S6.2 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 08:30 RAMENOFSKY, Marilyn*; MOFFAT, John; GUGLIELMO, Christopher: Endocrine and metabolic parameters track daily changes in behavior of a captive migrant

S6.3 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 09:00 HEDENSTRöM, Anders: Testing migration theory: the utility of integrative approaches using field experiments and wind tunnels

S6.4 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 09:30 GUGLIELMO, Christopher G: Move that fatty acid: fuel selection and transport in migrating birds and bats

S6.5 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 10:30 Ã…KESSON, S: Endogenous migration programs and orientation in passerine birds

S6.6 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 11:00 THORUP, Kasper: Understanding the migratory orientation program in birds: extending laboratory studies to studying free-flying migrants in a natural setting

S6.7 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 11:30 KUNZ, Thomas H.*; REICHARD, Jonathan D; PRAJAPATI, Surech I; AUSTAD, Steven N; KELLER, Charles: A Unique Adaptation of Bats in the Family Molossidae for Long-distance Foraging and Migration

S6.8 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 13:00 SAPIR, Nir*; NATHAN, Ran; WIKELSKI, Martin; AVISSAR, Roni: The effect of weather on migrating bee-eaters studied by radio-telemetry and numeric atmospheric model

S6.9 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 13:30 SHAMOUN-BARANES, J.*; BOUTEN, W.; VAN LOON, E.: Integrating measurements and models to study the influence of weather on migration

S6.10 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 14:00 MARRA, P.P.: Seasonal interactions and carry-over effects: understanding the biology of migratory organisms within the context of the annual cycle

S6.11 Tuesday, Jan. 5, 14:30 WILCOVE, D.S.: Conserving Animal Migrations: Key Research Challenges