Western Sandpipers and Dunlin at the Fraser River delta. [photo: C. Guglielmo]

Bio 411g - The Physiology of Animal Migration

Migration is an amazing natural phenomenon and an important component of the life history of many species. This lecture course will examine the physiological basis of migratory movements across invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Topics covered will include (1) the evolution of migratory life histories, (2) biological rhythms and migration timing, (3) the sensory basis of navigation and orientation, (4) biomechanical and energetic constraints on movement, (5) metabolic fuel storage and utilization, (6) stable isotope metabolism and non-invasive tracking, and (7) physiological approaches to the study of migration ecology.

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