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Animal Navigation Lab

The members of this lab share the excitement and interest in why and how animals migrate. The research within the Animal Navigation Lab is focused on the ecology and evolution of animal migration, including compass orientation and navigation.

Two persons in siluett release birds against the night sky.
Birds are released to begin their long migration across sea and land. Photo: Aron Hejdström

Navigation across time and space

Our research interests focus on how animals have evolved the capacity to navigate across space and to time their movements relative to varying environmental resources. We use different techniques to study individual birds in the lab and during natural migrations to understand the adaptations and challenges birds are facing when moving across landscapes.

An experimental comparative approach

We focus on how birds are able to cope with time and space in their endogenous migration programs, and what components cause variations in migration phenotypes. We use an experimental comparative approach to study ecophysiology, behavior and migration performance in the lab and in the wild for individual birds.

A hand is mounting a small technical instrument on the back of a bird.
Like a rucksack, the bird will carry a small datalogger to help the researchers collect information. Photo: Aron Hejdström
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A hand is holding a bird with a datalogger.
Ready to be released. Photo: Aron Hejdström

Join us

Are you interested to join the ANL lab? Please, contact Susanne Åkesson for opportunities.

Susanne Åkesson
Professor
Evolutionary Ecology

Telephone: +46 46-222 37 05
E-mail: Susanne [dot] Akesson [at] biol [dot] lu [dot] se