Billions of animals migrate across the planet annually: tracking resources, evading predators, and reproducing. Migration results in changes in the structures of communities through which migrants pass, extreme alterations to habitat, and movements of parasites and diseases across continents. To better understand the causes, consequences, and patterns of animal migration we work on a broad array of annual movement strategies in a comparative context in both free-living and captive animals. We currently study avian and insect migration.


Watts, H.E., Cornelius, J., Fudickar, A.M., Perez, J., and Ramenofsky, M. 2017. Understanding variation in migratory movements: a mechanistic approach. General and Comparative Endocrinology in press.

Zuniga, D., Gager, Y., Kokko, H., Fudickar, A.M., Schmidt, A., Naef-Daenzer, B., Wikelski, M., and Partecke, J. 2017. Migration confers survival benefits in a partially migratory songbird. eLife 6:e28123.

Franchini, P., Irisarri, I., Fudickar, A.M., Schmidt, A., Meyer, A., Wikelski, M., and Partecke, J. 2017. Animal tracking meets migration genomics: transcriptomic analysis of a partially migratory bird species. Molecular Ecology 26: 3204-3216. DOI: 10.1111/mec.14108.

Fudickar, A.M., Peterson, M., Greives, T.J., Atwell, J.W., Bridge, E.S., and Ketterson, E.D. 2016. Differential gene expression in seasonal sympatry: mechanisms involved in diverging life histories. Biology Letters 12: 20160069.

Zuniga, D., Falconer, J., Fudickar, A.M., Jensen, W., Schmidt, A., Wikelski, M., and Partecke, J. 2016. Abrupt switch to migratory flight in a wild migratory songbird. Nature Scientific Reports 6: 34207.  

Ketterson, E.D., Fudickar, A.M., Atwell, J.W., and Greives, T.J. 2015. Seasonal timing and population divergence: when to breed, when to migrate. Current Opinions in Behavioral Sciences 6: 50-58.

Winkler, D.W., Jørgensen, C., Both, C., Houston, A.I., McNamara, J.M., Levey, D.J., Partecke, J., Fudickar, A.M., Kacelnik, A., Roshier, D., and Piersma, T. 2014. Cues, strategies and outcomes: how migrating animals track environmental change. Movement Ecology 2: 10.

Fudickar, A.M., Schmidt, A., Hau, M., Quetting, M., and Partecke, J. 2013. Female-biased obligate strategies in a partially migratory population. The Journal of Animal Ecology 82: 863-871.

Fudickar, A.M. and Partecke, J. 2012. The flight apparatus of migratory and sedentary individuals of a partially migratory songbird species. PLoS ONE 7: e51920. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051920.

Bridge, E.S., Fudickar, A.M., Kelly, J.F., Contina, A., and Rohwer, S. 2011. Causes of bimodal stable isotope signatures in the feathers of a molt-migrant songbird. Canadian Journal of Zoology 89: 951-959.