Insect migration

Migration involves the directional, often seasonal movement of Lisa and traps_FSchneider piclarge numbers of animals across large geographic scales, usually due to shifts in resource availability. Migrants not only connect habitats and populations, but also have profound effects on ecosystem processes, such as nutrient fluxes and the provision of ecosystem services. Insects are the most abundant group of terrestrial migrants. Using an integrated approach, involving traditional trapping, mark-recapture, citizen science, and stable isotope analysis, we investigate patterns of insect migration across Europe, and the implications of migratory insects for local communities. Furthermore, we investigate the ecological, behavioural and physiological basis of partial migration in insects. Our main focal groups are hoverflies, dragonflies, butterflies and moths.

Link to our project on Red Admiral migration in Europe

Our projects on Red Admiral and dragonfly migration have been receiving some media attention. Check out our media page for more details!

Roger Vila’s Lab  Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (CSIC-UPF), Barcelona, Spain
Jason Chapman’s Lab Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, United Kingdom
Christian Voigt’s Lab Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Resarch, Berlin, Germany
Joachim Frommen Institute of Ecology and Evolution, Bern, Switzerland
Kristjan Niitepõld Metapopulation Research Centre, University of Helsinki

Pollination Ecology

We investigate the influence of landscape on plant-pollinator interactions. In particularThynnoides nr. bidens_Or22a we are interested in the restoration and enhancement of wild pollinator communities in natural and anthropogenic landscapes, and the effect of landscape structure on pollinator dispersal and foraging behavior. We also have an interest in conservation biology with a focus on rare plant-pollinator interactions.

Ryan Phillips
Australian National University, Canberra, Australia

We are grateful to the following organisations for supporting our research.