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Conservation Physiology of Animal Migrations

Foreword from the Editor-in-Chief:

Migration is a widespread phenomenon among many taxa. This complex behaviour enables animals to exploit a diversity of temporally productive and spatially discrete habitats used to accrue various fitness benefits (e.g., growth, reproduction, predator avoidance). Migrations are generally challenging and require a complex interplay among genetics, behaviour, physiology, biomechanics, and the environment. Global change is a potential threat to migrating animals (from individuals to species) and research is underway to understand how migration responds to modern challenges.

Focusing on behavioural and physiological aspects of migration can help to better understand, manage, and restore migratory populations. Here we highlight different physiological, behavioural, and mechanical aspects of animal migration that will help us to understand the interactions with current and future environmental changes.

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