The importance of linking periods of the annual cycle for understanding life-history tradeoffs in a migratory songbird

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The importance of linking periods of the annual cycle for understanding life-history tradeoffs in a migratory songbird

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dc.contributor.advisor Norris, Ryan
dc.contributor.advisor Guglielmo, Chris
dc.contributor.author Mitchell, Greg
dc.date 2011-09-19
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-23T13:25:11Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-23T13:25:11Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-23
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3043
dc.description.abstract In migratory vertebrates, the optimal timing of successive life history stages is relatively inflexible. As a result, life history trade-offs that occur during breeding may influence individual success in subsequent stages because there is little time to mitigate negative costs that are incurred, or because the onset of subsequent stages is delayed. In migratory songbirds, understanding how breeding events carry over to influence individual success has been challenging because individuals are difficult to track once breeding is complete. I studied an island breeding population of migratory Savannah sparrows (Passerculus sandwichensis) and tracked individuals from breeding up until the onset of autumn migration. In Chapter 1, I investigated the effects of early life events on body condition during the pre-migratory period and first year apparent survival. I found that juveniles fledging from larger broods were in poorer condition at fledging, had lower fat stores prior to migration, and had lower first year apparent survival. In Chapter 2, I examined the effects of life history trade-offs made by adults during breeding on pre-migratory body condition and annual apparent survival. I did not find evidence for a trade-off between reproductive effort or date of breeding completion with annual apparent survival or body condition during the pre-migratory period, but instead found that adults with the highest reproductive effort and later dates of breeding completion were more likely to survive until the following year. In Chapter 3, I examined the effect of timing of breeding completion and fledging on the date of fall migration. I found that both variables had strong positive effects on date of departure. Together, my results suggest that successful migration in juveniles is influenced by early life events, but that any potential costs incurred by adults during the breeding season likely has little influence on survival during migration. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.5/ca/ *
dc.subject Silver spoon effect en_US
dc.subject costs of reproduction en_US
dc.subject conditions during development en_US
dc.subject early life events en_US
dc.subject life history trade-off en_US
dc.subject songbirds en_US
dc.subject migration en_US
dc.title The importance of linking periods of the annual cycle for understanding life-history tradeoffs in a migratory songbird en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Integrative Biology en_US
dc.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Integrative Biology en_US


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