Department of Migration

 

Myriads of organisms travel great distances on their search for suitable food, wintering and mating grounds. Our planet resembles one large pulsating organism, in which all of the organisms that are continually moving are breathing life into it. Understanding this pulsating life and its underlying mechanisms allows a better understanding of the ecologically dynamic processes on a global scale.

We strive to understand and predict which decisions animals will make on their journey, how animals will interact with their ever-changing environment, and the consequences their migrations have on ecosystems and humans. Above all, this insight will enable us to predict the impact that we humans have on these processes and allow us to understand the future consequences.

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Scientists unearth another brain-shrinking mammal

A study of moles reveals that cold weather—not lack of food—drives the rare phenomenon of reversible brain shrinkage in mammals more

Study achieves longest continuous tracking of migrating insects

By flying with hawkmoths during migration, scientists reveal the insects employ sophisticated flight strategies similar to vertebrates
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Tanner Warder, Wyoming Coop Unit/Wyoming Migration Initiative

Animals likely rely on social factors to guide migration, suggests a new research synthesis from Konstanz, bringing together research from 100 scientific publications more

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In the Media

Smithsonian Magazine

How Migrating Death’s-Head Hawkmoths Fly Along a Straight Path more

Schwäbische Zeitung

Keine Scheu vor neuer Technik - Auch Rehe nutzen GPS more

National Geographic

These mysterious moths fly at night in a straight line—but how? more

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