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Conferences and Meetings

From avian tracking to population processes | #BOU2017

 28 - 30 Mar 2017

Godwit imageBOU 2017 Annual Conference
University of Warwick, UK
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supported by
University of East Anglia, UK
University of Aveiro, Portugal
University of Iceland
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK

Exhibitors inc. Biotrack | NHBS | PathTrack | Wildlife Acoustics

Programme & Abstracts
NOTE – we are no longer taking any more poster submissions.
Conference rates
Conference and venue information
ECR workshop at BOU2017 Tues, 28 March 2017

Plenary and keynote speakers

Prof Ken Norris (Institute of Zoology, UK)
Avian dispersal and migration – from individuals to populations

Dr Judy Shamoun-Baranes (University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Individual consequences of movement behaviour

Prof Stuart Bearhop (University of Exeter, UK)
Carry-over effects and fitness in migratory species

Dr Tómas Gunnarsson (University of Iceland)
Settlement decisions and migratory strategies

Conference theme

Bird movements and migrations have fascinated humans for centuries. From local-scale foraging and dispersal to continent-scale migration, the movement and settlement decisions made by birds can have far-reaching consequences for individual fitness and population processes. As the BOU2015 conference on Avian Tracking demonstrated, recent technological advances have greatly improved our capacity to track individuals on their journeys, while colour-marking and re-sighting studies continue to provide large high-quality datasets on movement and behaviour at a range of scales. This conference will build on this work by exploring the drivers of variation in individual movement, migration and settlement decisions and their consequences for a suite of population processes.

This Tracking & Populations conference will bring together ornithologists and ecologists from academic and conservation organisations, to explore how tracking individuals can help to address key questions about population processes and their implications for conservation and management.

The conference will be international in scope and will cover topics including:

  • Dispersal and settlement decisions, trade-offs and fitness consequences
  • Demography and carry-over effects
  • Population dynamics and migratory connectivity
  • Evolution and ontogeny of movement and migration strategies
  • Local to global scale dependency of movement and migration
  • Conservation and management implications of movement behaviour



The scientific programme is being organised by:
Jenny Gill (University of East Anglia (UEA), UK)
José Alves (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Tómas Gunnarsson (University of Iceland)
Aldina Franco (University of East Anglia (UEA), UK)
Francis Daunt (Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), UK)
Image Credit
Black-tailed Godwit © Andreas Trepte | via Wikimedia Commons | CC BY-SA 2.5

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