Tracking Animal Migration with Stable Isotopes

Tracking Animal Migration with Stable Isotopes

1st Edition - April 9, 2008

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  • Editors: K.A. Hobson, L.I. Wassenaar
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123738677
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080559261

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Tracking Animal Migration with Stable Isotopes provides a consolidated overview of the current knowledge of stable isotopes in terrestrial migration research questions. It offers ecologists and conservation biologists provide a practical handbook for those considering using stable isotopes in their migration research.

Key Features

  • Presents information for readers to understand how to apply isotopic methods for tracking
  • Critical information on areas for future research
  • Practical guidelines and discussions of sample collection, sample preparation, and data analysis
  • Enhanced understanding of data and statistical analysis in isotope-based studies of migratory animals


Ecologists, animal behaviorists, and wildlife managers.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Animal Migration: A Context for Using New Techniques and Approaches
    2. An Introduction to Light Stable Isotopes for Use in Terrestrial Animal Migration Studies
    3. Applying Isotopic Methods to Tracking Animal Movements
    4. Isotope Landscapes for Terrestrial Migration Research
    5. Analysis and Design for Isotope-Based Studies of Migratory Animals
    6. Future Directions and Challenges for Using Stable Isotopes in Advancing Terrestrial Animal Migration Research

Product details

  • No. of pages: 160
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2008
  • Published: April 9, 2008
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780123738677
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080559261

About the Series Volume Editors

K.A. Hobson

Dr. Hobson was a Senior Research Scientist with Environment Canada for 25 years, and is currently Professor of Biology at University of Western Ontario. Dr. Hobson developed tools and specialized in using stable isotope approaches to solving ecological questions in animal conservation and ecology with an emphasis on migratory connectivity birds and insects. Hobson is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He serves as editor of Avian Conservation and Ecology.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

L.I. Wassenaar

Dr. Len Wassenaar was a senior Research Scientist with Environment Canada for 23 years, specializing isotope analytical measurements and applications in hydrology and ecology. He and Dr. Hobson worked closely together to develop many of the foundational analytical tools to assign animals to origins using isotope approaches. Currently, Dr. Wassenaar serves as a Team Leader in Nuclear Applications Division of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Geological Sciences Energy Agency, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

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