Migration is one of the most fascinating and dramatic of all animal behaviours. Historically however, studies of migration have been fragmented, with ornithologists, entomologists, and marine biologists working only within their own field. This critical synthesis shows how comparisons across taxa can illuminate migratory life cycles and the relation of migration to other movements. Migration: The Biology of Life on the Move takes an integrated ecological perspective to focus on migration as a biological phenomenon.
Part I: Migration and Methods for Its Study
1. A taxonomy of movement
2. Migration: A definition
3. Patterns in migratory journeys
4. Methods for studying migration
Part II: Proximate Factors in Migration
5. Migration, winds, and currents
6. Physiology of migration
7. Biomechanical and bioenergetic constraints on migration
8. Orientation and navigation
Part III. Migratory Life Histories and Their Evolution
9. Seasonal migration
10. Migration to special habitats
11. Migration under ephemeral conditions
12. Behavioral variability in migration
13. Polymorphisms and polyphenisms
14. Evolutionary genetics of migration
Part IV. Applications and Implications
15. Migration and pest management
16. Migration and conservation
17. Summing up and future directions
"As a major contribution to a vital subject, this work will be valued by all the researchers and students in the fields of animal behaviour, ecology, and zoology."
– Ethology, Ecology, Evolution 9:1997
"the book is written in a highly readable style, and the author deals with the breadth and theoretical basis to his subject extremely clearly. [...] written in an uncomplicated style and could be understood by anyone with a serious interest in knowing more about the biological basis to migration."
– Glasgow Naturalist, vol.23, part 2, May 1997
"This book is an extremely comprehensive review of movement biology. The sections are closely written and not easily dipped into but read well as a whole or through an initial consideration of the chapter synopses [...] an excellent introduction to current ideas and concepts concerning the promotion and maintenance of a wide range of movement patterns. I recommend it to those who wish to have a broader understanding of migration than the movements of the Arctic Tern Sterna paradisaea."
– Adam Smith, Ibis 1997
"This book is an introduction and more to both the facts of migration, and also to the large body of discussion which has evolved around the subject. Dingle brings together a huge range of knowledge from a wide variety of fields to produce a fascinating new synthesis of migration. This work is well referenced and a pleasure to read, a highly commendable addition to any library. Highly Recommended."
– Gordon's Oxford University Press Review Page