Bird Migration Lab – University of Copenhagen

Biodiversity > Bird Migration Lab


Welcome to the MATCH project: Migration in a changing world

Self-powered, fast and long-distance movement enables migratory birds to ultimately track seasonal changes across the rotating earth. Difficulties in following migrating birds over longer distances, have limited our knowledge of drivers and control of the ecological and evolutionary important phenomenon of migration.

Using satellite-based tracking systems, we study how small, long-distance migrants are able to ensure arrival to suitable winter and stopover grounds at the appropriate time of the year.

The ultimate goal is being able to predict migrants' capability to cope with climate change. This include studying important ecological phenomena such as seasonal carry-over effects and migratory connectivity as well as the inherited migration program, focussing on consistency and precision, interaction between the inherited program and external cues, navigational abilities and constraints posed on migrants.

The 4-year project is funded through a Sapere Aude: DFF-Starting Grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF).

We are part of the DG Center for Macroecology, Evolution and Climate Change at the Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen



Most recent publications:

Willemoes M, Tøttrup AP, Lerche-Jørgensen M, Jacobsen EM, Reeve AH, Thorup K (2018) Spatial behaviour and density of three species of long-distance migrants wintering in a disturbed and non-disturbed woodland in northern Ghana. Bird Conserv Internatn 28: 59-72.

Iwajomo SB, Willemoes M, Ottosson U, Strandberg R, Thorup K (2018) Intra-African movements of the African Cuckoo Cuculus gularis as revealed by satellite telemetry. J Avian Biol 49: e01616

Lerche-Jørgensen M, Willemoes M, Tøttrup AP, Snell KRS, Thorup K (2017) No apparent gain from continuing migration for more than 3000 kilometres: Willow warblers breeding in Denmark winter across the entire northern Savannah as revealed by geolocators. Movement Ecology 5:14

Williams HM, Willemoes M, Thorup K (2017) A temporally explicit species distribution model for a long distance avian migrant, the common cuckoo. J Avian Biol 48: 1624-1636.

Full publication list