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Press Release for Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Biologist Discusses Behavior and Ecology of Bird Migration

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

Dr. Frank Moore, professor and chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi, will discuss “A Place to Land? Stopover Biology of Migratory Birds” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Science and Engineering Building (Building 50, Room, 1202) on the University of North Florida campus. This event is free and open to the public.

Nearly two-thirds of all American land birds undertake migration between temperate breeding areas and tropical wintering quarters. How well these birds respond to the energy demand of long-distance flight and cope with problems that arise during migration are key to their survival and successful reproduction.

Moore’s research has recently taken on a sense of urgency because populations of many migratory songbirds are on the decline. These declines are linked to deforestation on wintering grounds in Central and South America and fragmentation of forested breeding habitats. His work is calling attention to a third factor—the availability of suitable habitat during migration, where energy stores critical to a successful migration can be safely deposited.

He received his doctorate from Clemson University and his master’s degree from Northern Illinois University. His teaching interests include biological sciences, behavioral ecology, animal behavior and prospectus writing.

This lecture is part of The Sarah Bailey Lecture Series in the UNF Coastal Biology Program. For more information about the event, contact Amy Moore, UNF Biology Department, at (904) 620-2830 or by e-mail at