Agile Rabbit: Why Do Animals Migrate?
Front Room Phoenix
Thu 21 May 2020
free (advance registration necessary)
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Have you ever spotted a flock of birds flying somewhere high above you? Have you ever stopped and stared, wondering where they might be going? Our speaker for this free online event is National Geographic Explorer Dr Lucy Hawkes, a leading expert on animal movements who uses state-of-the-art miniaturised electronic tracking units. Lucy tracks migrating animals, including deep-diving basking sharks and high-flying bar-headed geese, which were once thought to migrate over the summit of Mount Everest.
In this one hour event with audience questions and interaction, Lucy will be sharing her tagging tales and explain what this information tells us about the most amazing athletes in the world.
Dr Lucy Hawkes is a physiological ecologist at the University of Exeter and a National Geographic Explorer. During her PhD she was the first person to track sea turtles from populations in North Carolina, USA, and the Cape Verde Islands. She has written over 60 scientific articles to date, which have been cited over 2300 times.
Her work focuses on the costs and drivers of migration in animals (vertebrates and invertebrates) using emergent technologists such as satellite telemetry, heart rate logging, accelerometry and metabolic rate measurements. She uses technical approaches including biologging, spatial ecology, remote sensing and respirometry to make empirical measurements that help in the understanding of amazing migratory performances. Her work has also investigated the impact of external forcing factors, such as climate change and disease ecology on migration and breeding ecology.
This is a free event, hosted on Zoom. You do not need a Zoom account to take part, but registration is necessary.
Agile Rabbit is a platform that provides special events for the South-West and beyond to focus on ideas, global affairs and the natural and scientific world. The events are set in contrasting venues across the South-West to provide quirky experiences, whilst maximising participation for all communities.
Agile Rabbit is held in partnership with the Global Systems Institute at the University of Exeter.