#ORNITHOLODAY | 3 July 2019
Some background on the #ORNITHOLODAY on 3 July
0800 – 1500 UTC
The implications of egg failure for threatened bird species
The avian egg is a remarkable feat of natural engineering. From its protective outer shell, to its nutrient-rich yolk, this self-contained vessel has allowed birds to reproduce in virtually all terrestrial habitats. However, despite possessing a suite of adaptations to ensure the survival of the developing embryo, eggs often fail to hatch – particularly in threatened species.
In the next #ORNITHOLODAY, Dr Nicola Hemmings and her team will discuss why eggs fail and the implications this can have for threatened bird populations. In addition to dozens of interesting egg facts, there will be a chance to learn first-hand how to dissect and examine unhatched eggs, with live tweets direct from Nicola’s lab at the University of Sheffield.
Nicola will be tweeting about this topic between 0800 – 1500 UTC.
About the author
Dr Nicola Hemmings is a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow based in the Department of Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield. Her research interests lie in the reproductive behaviour and physiology of birds, and the applications of this field to conservation biology.
Several members of Nicola’s research group and collaborators with be contributing to this #ORNITHOLODAY, including Fay Morland (@SheffieldAPS University of Sheffield), Duncan Jackson (@SheffieldAPS University of Sheffield), Ashleigh Marshall (Institute of Zoology @ZSLscience), Dr Patricia Brekke (Institute of Zoology @ZSLscience) and collaborators at @RSPBscience@WWTWelney and @ProjectGodwit.
All © Nicola Hemings/University of Sheffield
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