Integrating Animal Migration and Population Ecology Across the Annual Cycle – University of Copenhagen

16 January 2019


Integrating animal migration and population ecology across the annual cycle

Migration is a widespread phenomenon, occurring across a variety of taxa from insects, fishes and reptiles to birds and mammals. Every year, billions of animals undertake fascinating journeys between widely different locations with great variation in habitat and climate.

 Recent technological advances have enabled the direct tracking of a wide range of migratory species in time and space, providing unprecedented knowledge on individual migratory movements throughout the annual cycle. Yet, still most of our knowledge on population demography in migratory species originates from studies on the breeding grounds. Understanding the effect of seasonal migrations on population demography in such mobile species is one of the major challenges in migration research.

With this workshop, we aim to link seasonal migratory movements and population demography by taking a mechanistic modelling approach. Understanding the processes that influences migratory populations throughout the annual cycle, will allow us to make better use of our detailed empirical tracking data to parameterize and validate our models.

By participating in this workshop, you will get the opportunity to listen, discuss and try out hands-on exercises, guided by experienced ecologists that have worked with both empirical tracking data and mechanistic modelling techniques. Our hope is to bring together ecologists working with migratory species at various stages during the annual cycle (empirical or theoretical), to inspire new ways of modelling and testing hypotheses about the impact of different migration strategies on population demography.

We hope to see you there!


Confirmed keynote speakers:

Simeon Lisovski, Swiss Ornithological Institute, Sempach, Switzerland

Yolanda Morbey, Western University, Ontario, Canada

 Niels Martin Schmidt, Aarhus University, Roskilde, Denmark

 Kasper Thorup, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


Detailed Programme will follow...



 When: 4-5th of April, 2019

Where: Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate, University of Copenhagen. How to find us

Who: all are welcome, but registration is on a first come, first serve basis and priority is given to PhD and early career researchers working with population ecology and/or  tracking of migratory species (max 30 people).

Costs: attending the workshop is free of charge. Lunch and coffee will be provided.

Unfortunately the workshops is full and it is no longer possible to sign up for the full workshop including exercises. Please contact Sissel Sjöberg ( if you wish to take part in lectures and discussions.

A notification of whether the application to the workshop is accepted/rejected will be sent out 15th of February 2019.


For questions or other inquiries, please contact: Sissel Sjöberg

This meeting is supported by the Nordic and Danish Societies of Oikos and Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate