Managing time in a changing world: timing of annual-cycle stages under climate change Event as iCalendar

18 March 2019

1 - 2pm

Venue: Mac 1 Biology Building

Location: 5 Symonds St

Host: SBS

Dr Barbara Tomotani
Dr Barbara Tomotani

Speaker: Dr Barbara Tomotani, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington


Animals need to time their seasonal activities, such as breeding and migration, to occur at the right moment. They use cues from the environment to predict changes and organise their activities accordingly.

What happens, then, when climate change interferes with this ability to make predictions? Climate change advances the timing of annual cycle stages, but these shifts may vary among stages, which could affect the organisation of the entire annual cycle.

In this seminar, Dr Barbara Tomotani will explain how she and her colleagues studied the effects of climate change on the timing of annual cycle stages of the migratory pied flycatcher (Ficedula hypoleuca).