Miriam Liedvogel How Do Genes Allow Migratory Birds To Travel With Such Precision?
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Migratory birds can travel thousands of kilometers with great precision. In this video, MIRIAM LIEDVOGEL explores the genetic characteristics that enable this. Focusing on blackcaps because of the different types of migratory behavior that they exhibit, Liedvogel employs geolocator technology to track birds’ movements in their natural habitat. Among other things, the research demonstrates that differing migratory orientation can be linked to variation in the individual genome. Providing insight into behavioral variability and sensory biology the research also helps to explain how populations adapt to changing ecological conditions and can therefore contribute to the optimization of conservation measures.
LT Video Publication DOI: https://doi.org/10.21036/LTPUB10978
The Evolutionary History and Genomics of European Blackcap Migration
- Kira Delmore, Juan Carlos Illera, Javier Pérez-Tris, Gernot Segelbacher, Juan S Lugo Ramos, Gillian Durieux, Jun Ishigohoka and Miriam Liedvogel
- Published in 2020
Individual Variability and Versatility in an Eco-Evolutionary Model of Avian Migration
- Kira E. Delmore*, Benjamin M. Van Doren*, Greg J. Conway, Teja Curk, Tania Garrido-Garduño, Ryan R. Germain, Timo Hasselmann, Dieter Hiemer, Henk P. van der Jeugd, Hannah Justen and Miriam LiedvogelJ.S. Lugo Ramos, I. Maggini et al
- Proceedings of the Royal Society B
- Published in 2020