CIE Seminar Series 2016 – Migratory birds in jeopardy: Global change getting in the way

Professor Marcel KlaassenSPEAKER: Alfred Deakin Professor Marcel Klaassen, Director, Centre for Integrative Ecology, School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University

DATE: Friday, 19th August 2016
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room KA4.207
TIME: 1:30pm
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Burwood Corporate Centre (BCC) and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22

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ABSTRACT: Migrants typically rely on a chain of sites rather than a single site during their annual cycle, increasing their chances of becoming victim to anthropogenic environmental change.

Australia is home to large numbers of Arctic-breeding shorebirds that have seen the environment along their East-Asian Australasian Flyway change dramatically over the past decades.

Changes that are being held responsible for a decimation in some of these species. But critical environmental changes for shorebirds are not limited to coastal habitat deteriorations and destructions. Also climate change has a profound impact on these migrants’ behaviour, population dynamics and habitus.

The question is where the ultimate constraints are in the resilience of these migrants to further environmental change and how we can mitigate further threats through directed conservation efforts.

BIO: Prof. Marcel Klaassen has developed broad research interests including theoretical, experimental and observational studies on numerous animal, plant and microbe taxa.

Throughout this, his focus has primarily been on bird migration, nutritional ecology and disease ecological issues.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Natasha Kaukov.