January 9, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Building 3, Goett Auditorium
Birds in the Context of the Annual Cycle"
Migratory birds spend different parts of the annual cycle in
geographically disparate places. The conditions and selective
pressures during each period are likely to affect individual
performance during subsequent periods. This simple fact presents
us with considerable obstacles for understanding how agents of
global change (i.e., climate, land-use) will influence the
ecology, evolution, and conservation of migratory birds. Such
inter-seasonal effects are poorly understood within most avian
migration systems, in large part because it has been difficult
to follow individuals and specific populations year-round. Here,
I will show using long-term research from throughout the annual
cycle how events on wintering grounds have important
consequences for breeding events and annual survival.
Understanding how global change will influence migratory
organisms requires the study of biological phenomena in the
context of the entire annual cycle.
About the Speaker:
Pete Marra directs the Smithsonian Migratory Bird
Center. His research has three broad themes, including
migration, climate change, and urban ecology. Communicating his
excitement for the conservation of wildlife through innovative
engagement is a high priority. He is the author of two books and
200+ papers. Pete started Neighborhood Nestwatch and The
Migratory Connectivity Project. He is an avid fisherman,
passionate cook and father of two.
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