Prof. Dr. Heiko Schmaljohann

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Institut für Biologie und Umweltwissenschaften – A1
AG Migrationsökologie
Postfach 5634
D - 26046 Oldenburg


Migration ecology

Migration ecology

Migration ecology focuses on the scientific study of animal migration. Important research questions concern the genetic basis of the migratory syndrome, what specific skills animals require for migration, how proximte and ultimate mechanisms alter the spatial and temporal distribution and abundance of migrating animals within the annual cycle, the interactions between animals and their biotic and abiotic environment, and how migrating animals influence energy and material cycles within and between ecosystems.

Research topics

Bird migration

Innate migration behaviour

Flight and stopover ecology

Response to varying environmental conditions

Orientation and navigation

Spatial and temporal organization of migration

Ecological and evolutionary function of migration


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