Atle Mysterud's Research Covered in Nature
Publication from American Naturalist covered in 11 October edition.
Professor Atle Mysterud and former CEES researcher Richard Bischof's latest paper has attracted the attention of the journal Nature. The latest edition of the highly respected journal features a story covering their research which was recently published in American Naturalist.
Their paper entitled 'A Migratory Northern Ungulate in the Pursuit of Spring: Jumping or Surfing the Green Wave?' outlines the different strategies that migrating red deer utilize as they migrate across landscapes of changing food availability. They discover that not all deer follow along the crest of the wave of greening vegetation towards their summer habitat. Instead some choose to jump ahead of this pattern of vegetation growth to arrive at their summer grounds before the vegetation has really started to grow. They found that most of the Norwegian red deer that they studied jumped ahead of the 'green wave' rather than 'surfing' it.
You can find the original article and more about Atle's research below.
A Migratory Northern Ungulate in the Pursuit of Spring: Jumping or Surfing the Green Wave? Richard Bischof, Leif Egil Loe, Erling L. Meisingset, Barbara Zimmermann, Bram Van Moorter, and Atle Mysterud The American Naturalist , Vol. 180, No. 4 (October 2012), pp. 407-424
Animal migration: Catching the wave - Nature 490, 182–183 (11 October 2012) doi:10.1038/490182a