Integrating concepts and technologies to advance the study of bird migration

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article


Recent technological innovation has opened new avenues in migration research - for instance, by allowing individual migratory animals to be followed over great distances and long periods of time, as well as by recording physiological information. Here, we focus on how technology - specifically applied to bird migration - has advanced our knowledge of migratory connectivity, and the behavior, demography, ecology, and physiology of migrants. Anticipating the invention of new and smaller tracking devices, in addition to the ways that technologies may be combined to measure and record the behavior of migratory animals, we also summarize major conceptual questions that can only be addressed once innovative, cutting-edge instrumentation becomes available.


  • W. Douglas Robinson
  • Melissa Bowlin
  • Isabelle Bisson
  • Judy Shamoun-Baranes
  • Kasper Thorup
  • Robert H. Diehl
  • Thomas H. Kunz
  • Sarah Mabey
  • David W. Winkler
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Ecology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)354-361
JournalFrontiers in Ecology and the Environment
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Theoretical ecology (Closed 2011) (011006011)