Marius Somveille Seminar: The global ecology of bird migration - patterns and processes

OML 201 See map
165 Prospect St
New Haven, CT 06511

Nearly 20% of bird species are migratory, their seasonal movements radically changing avian community composition across the world. A global macroecological analysis of bird migration will be presented in this talk. The seminar will first cover mapping global patterns of the distribution of migratory birds, revealing strong spatial features. Secondly it will cover patterns to test hypotheses about the processes driving this phenomenon. The results paved the way for a mechanistic model which successfully explains the patterns previously described and has been used for reconstructing the global seasonal distribution of birds back to the last ice age.