Migration is a course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

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Description

Migration is a course looking at the migrations of animals, with special reference to birds, and also introducing the themes of movement, selection and homeostasis.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe some of the migratory journeys made by birds and other animals
  • Explain the process of adaptation by natural selection and how this results in evolution
  • Describe what is meant by homeostasis, with particular reference to how migratory birds regulate body temperature in order to conserve energy
  • Provide examples of the use of celestial and magnetic cues for navigation by migratory birds

Course Curriculum

  • Introduction 00:05:00
  • Learning outcomes 00:07:00
    • Introduction to movement and migration 00:15:00
    • Examples of animal migration 00:30:00
    • Bird migration 00:20:00
    • Migration paths and flyways 00:20:00
    • Introduction to natural selection 00:10:00
    • Directional selection 00:10:00
    • Stabilising selection 00:10:00
    • Disruptive selection 00:15:00
    • Natural selection in Darwin’s finches 00:25:00
    • Introduction to homeostasis 00:25:00
    • Thermoregulation in migratory birds 01:00:00
    • Navigation 00:15:00
    • The star compass 00:10:00
    • The Sun compass 00:10:00
    • The challenges of migration 00:10:00
    • Conclusion 00:15:00

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