A new book providing a comprehensive overview of the fascinating and diverse field of avian incubation has been published, presenting new research on nest structures, egg traits and life history from some of the world’s leading specialists.
Edited by Dr Charles Deeming from the University of Lincoln, UK, together with Dr James Reynolds from the University of Birmingham, the new publication from Oxford University Press brings together a global team of leading authorities to offer a new assessment of the evolution of avian reproductive biology in light of recent discoveries.
Nests, Eggs and Incubation: New Ideas About Avian Reproduction is available from August 2015. It builds upon the foundation laid by Dr Deeming’s 2002 publication, Avian Incubation, which was the first scientific review of all factors affecting incubation in avian nests.
Dr Deeming, Principal Lecturer in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Lincoln, is renowned for his research in the area, which has previously featured on the BBC’s Springwatch and Channel 4’s Easter Eggs Live.
Dr Deeming said: “Bird nests and incubation fascinate scientists and the public alike but despite deep-rooted interest from field ornithologists, this aspect of bird reproduction has until now received relatively little attention as the focus of academic study. In particular, the study of nest construction and function has only recently come to the fore.”
This new book brings together the most up-to-date knowledge and is divided into four broad areas: the nest, the egg, incubation and the study of avian reproduction, and explores the key priorities for future research.
Special chapters describe how biological knowledge can be applied to challenges, such as conservation and climate change, and discuss contemporary methodologies such as self-contained temperature probes and citizen science.
For more information on Nests, Eggs and Incubation: New Ideas About Avian Reproduction, visit: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198718666.do