Many happy returns:
An integrative approach to the question of how migratory birds stay healthy on their travels
University of Toronto / Royal Ontario Museum
Thursday, 16:00, Common Room
Understanding how migrating shorebirds stay healthy on their travels has gained new relevance given the resurgence of avian-borne diseases. Although migrants are often blamed for the spread of disease, we know little about what disease migrants carry or how their immune systems keep them fit enough to fly. In this talk we review work on a model migrant, the Red Knot. This work examined annual variation in immune function and experimentally tested the effects of various environmental factors on immune defence.