Animal Navigation Lab

Organisational unit: Research group


The research group Animal Navigation Lab study how birds and other animals have adapted to migrate and navigate across long distances. We use combination of field-based research, including individual tracking, and laboratory experiments where we can control availability of cues and study physiological and behavioural responses in individuals.


We focus on the ecology and evolution of animal migration, including compass orientation and navigation. Our research interests focus on how animals have evolved the capacity to navigate across space and to time their movements relative to varying environmental resources. We use different techniques to study individual birds in the lab and during natural migrations to understand the adaptations and challenges birds are facing when moving across landscapes. We focus on how birds are able to cope with time and space in their endogenous migration programs, and what components cause variations in migration phenotypes. We use an experimental comparative approach to study ecophysiology, behaviour and migration performance in the lab and in the wild for individual birds.