Book of the Week: Animal Migration

Continuing our new weekly selection of the very best titles available through NHBS:

Animal Migration: A Synthesis

Edited by EJ Milner-Gulland, John M Fryxell and Anthony R E Sinclair

What?

A collection of papers drawing together all the very latest theory and research about animal migration, presented thematically, and suitable for graduate students, and researchers in animal ecology, evolutionary theory, movement biology and conservation biology.Animal Migration jacket image

Why?

Animal Migration covers all major migratory groups, broadening the scope of migration studies from its usual bias towards birds. It provides a wide and integrative view of the subject, bringing into consideration the most recent developments in the ecological and evolutionary sciences, including technological improvements in computer modelling and tracking systems.

Who?

E.J. Milner-Gulland studied Pure and Applied Biology at Oxford University, and then did a PhD in resource management at Imperial College London. She later became a Reader and then Professor in Conservation Science, also at Imperial College London. Her current research interests concern the interaction between human decision-making and the dynamics of exploited populations, as well as the ecology and conservation of the migratory saiga antelope in Central Asia.

John Fryxell obtained both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of British Columbia. His PhD research was on the ecology of the white-eared kob – a migratory antelope in the southern Sudan. He held a lectureship at the University of British Columbia and briefly worked with the Government of Newfoundland before assuming a faculty position at the University of Guelph, where he is currently a Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology.

Anthony Sinclair has conducted research in Serengeti, Tanzania, since 1965, mainly on the problem of what determines the size of animal populations, particularly vertebrates, and the mechanisms of regulation. This work has expanded to look at the whole ecosystem, documenting how the different components of soils, plants, herbivores and predators interact.

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New Naturalist Bird Migration by Ian Newton – Save £11.00

Ian Newton is the author of numerous ornithological books and scientific papers including the famous New Naturalist Finches (Vol. 55). His recent best-selling titles include: The Migration Ecology of Birds, Population Limitation in Birds and Speciation and Biogeography of Birds. Now Ian returns to Collins New Naturalist series with Volume 113 Bird Migration – this will be published in early April.

About Ian Newton

Ian Newton is the author of numerous ornithological books and scientific papers including the famous New Naturalist Finches (Vol. 55). His recent best-selling titles include: The Migration Ecology of Birds, Population Limitation in Birds and Speciation and Biogeography of Birds. Now Ian returns to Collins New Naturalist series with Volume 113 Bird Migration – this will be published in early April.

About Bird Migration, Vol 113 in the Collins New Naturalist series

Collins New Naturalist Vol. 113 Bird Migration by Ian NewtonThe phenomenon of bird migration has fascinated people from time immemorial. The arrivals and departures of different species marked the seasons, heralding spring and autumn, and providing a reliable calendar long before anything better became available. Migration is shown by many kinds of animals, including butterflies and other insects, mammals, marine turtles and fish, but in none is it as extensively developed as in birds. The collective travel routes of birds span almost the entire globe, with some extreme return journeys covering more than 30,000 km. As a result of migration, bird distributions are continually changing – in regular seasonal patterns, and on local, regional or global scales. Migration has repeatedly prompted familiar questions, such as where birds go or come from, why do they do it, how do they know when and where to travel, and how do they find their way?

In this seminal new book, Ian Newton sets out to answer these – and other – questions. The book is divided into four main sections: the first is introductory, describing the different types of bird movements, methods of study, and the main migration patterns seen around the British Isles; the second part is concerned mainly with the process of migration – with timing, energy needs, weather effects and navigation; the third with evolution and change in migratory behaviour; and the fourth with the geographical and ecological aspects of bird movements.

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Other key books on Bird Migration

No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations

How Birds Migrate

Wings and Rings: A History of Bird Migration Studies

Atlas of Bird Migration