Morrison Pot

Morrison Pot MSc


Droevendaalsesteeg 10
6708 PB Wageningen

+31 (0) 317 47 34 00

The Netherlands


I'm a behavioural ecologist working on orientation mechanisms of migratory songbirds


How juvenile songbirds manage to find their way across complex environments to population-specific wintering areas never visited before, often without guidance from parents and other experienced conspecifics, continues to appeal to the imagination. Whether migratory orientation and the selection of destinations results from a genetic migratory program or is learned through interactions with the environment is poorly understood, while this is important for our understanding of species’ ability to rapidly adjust their migratory routines to global environmental changes. We will use the common starling as a model system for migratory songbirds and equip these birds with tracking devices to learn whether their migratory behaviour involves learning or not by experimentally displacing autumn migrating starlings to unfamiliar areas.


Bird migration

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