Editorial Board - Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Professor Rob Freckleton, University of Sheffield, UK
Dr Bob O'Hara, Biodiversität und Klima, Germany
Dr Jana Vamosi, University of Calgary, Canada
Chris Grieves, British Ecological Society, UK
Nick Golding, University of Melbourne, Australia
Sarah Goslee, USDA, Agricultural Research Service, USA
Greg McInerny, University of Warwick, UK
Timothée Poisot, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Samantha Price, University of California, Davis, USA
Barbara Anderson, Landcare Research, New Zealand
Marie Auger-Méthé, Dalhousie University, Canada
Andrés Baselga, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Luca Börger, Swansea University, UK
Michael Bunce, Curtin University, Australia
Luísa Carvalheiro, University of Brasília, Brazil
Anne Chao, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Ryan Chisholm, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Natalie Cooper, Natural History Museum, UK
Matthew Davey, University of Cambridge, UK
Pierre Durand, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Diana Fisher, University of Queensland, Australia
Oscar Gaggiotti, University of St Andrews, UK
Tom Gilbert, Natural History Museum of Denmark, Denmark
Luca Giuggioli, University of Bristol, UK
Thomas Hansen, University of Oslo, Norway
Dave Hodgson, University of Exeter, UK
Nick Isaac, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
Patrick Jansen, Wageningen University, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, USA
Louise Johnson, University of Reading, UK
Susan Johnston, University of Edinburgh, UK
Kate Jones, University College London, UK
Steven Kembel, University of Quebec at Montreal, Canada
Darren Kriticos, CSIRO, Australia
Carolyn Kurle, University of California, San Diego, USA
Nicolas Lecomte, Université de Moncton, Canada
Erica Leder, University of Turku, Finland
Andrew Mahon, Central Michigan University, USA
Jason Matthiopoulos, University of Glasgow, UK
Rachel McCrea, University of Kent, UK
Sean McMahon, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, USA
Jana McPherson, Calgary Zoological Society and Simon Fraser University, Canada
Jessica Metcalf, Princeton University, USA
Jane Molofsky, University of Vermont, USA
Michael Morrissey, University of St Andrews, UK
Tamara Münkemüller, CNRS, Université J. Fourier, France
David Murrell, University College London, UK
Jari Oksanen, University of Oulu, Finland
David Orme, Imperial College London, UK
Emmanuel Paradis, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
Francesca Parrini, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Will Pearse, Utah State University, USA
Pedro Peres-Neto, Concordia University, Canada
Satu Ramula, University of Turku, Finland
Sean Rands, University of Bristol, UK
Mark Rees, University of Sheffield, UK
John Reynolds, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Holger Schielzeth, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Matt Schofield, University of Otago, New Zealand
Justin Travis, University of Aberdeen, UK
David Warton, University of New South Wales, Australia
Nigel Yoccoz, University of Tromsø, Norway
Douglas Yu, University of East Anglia, UK, and Kunming Institute of Zoology, China
Editorial Profiles - Methods in Ecology and Evolution
Rob Freckleton, University of Sheffield
My research focuses on modelling population and community dynamics, and testing these using observational and comparative data. I have a range of interests including plant population ecology, modelling plant populations and predicting weed population dynamics; evolutionary ecology, phylogenetic comparative methodology and its application to ecological problems; theoretical ecology and statistical methodology.
Bob O'Hara, Biodiversität und Klima
I alternate between being a statistician, an ecologist and an evolutionary biologist. At present, my work is mainly looking at species distributions and improving the models for them, so that we can predict how they will shift under climate change. I also do work on community dynamics and have a continued interest in population and quantitative genetics. Most of my work in these areas is statistical, and I usually take a Bayesian approach because I find it too difficult to do anything else.
Jana Vamosi, University of Calgary
I am a biodiversity scientist examining the macroevolution, macroecology, community ecology, and conservation biology of plants. Recently, I’ve taken an interest in the conservation of ecosystem function. I often incorporate phylogenetic approaches to questions pertaining to the evolutionary ecology of plant-insect interactions. Frequently bridging different subfields, my research repeatedly necessitates the adoption of new techniques. I’m comfortable at the steep end of the learning curve.
Chris Grieves, British Ecological Society
I deal with the online manuscript submission process, as well as keeping the website and online tools up to date, and helping with marketing and maintaining our social media presence. My professional background is in journal publishing and I am happy to help out with any and all ScholarOne queries.
Barb Anderson, Landcare Research
My research background encompasses community structure, species range margin dynamics and biological responses to climate change. I am particularly interested in understanding the relative roles of abiotic and biotic factors in determining species distributions in time and space. I frequently apply my research to questions on conservation prioritization and ecosystem services.
Marie Auger-Méthé, Dalhousie University
I am broadly interested in developing and applying statistical tools to infer behavioural and population processes from empirical data. My work tends to focus on marine and polar mammals, but the methods I develop are often applicable to a wide range of species and ecosystems. My recent work has centred on modelling animal behaviour using movement data and I generally analyse data with spatial and/or temporal structure.
Andrés Baselga, University of Santiago de Compostela
I am broadly interested in biodiversity. My background includes a PhD on beetle taxonomy. Later on I focused on biogeography and macroecology, particularly on beta diversity patterns and their underlying processes. This has led me to develop novel methods to quantify the dissimilarity between assemblages, aiming to improve our ability to infer the driving processes. With this objective, I am also interested in the integration of phylogenetic information to quantify macroecological patterns at multiple hierarchical levels (from genes to species, i.e. multi-hierarchical macroecology).
Luca Börger, Swansea University
I am broadly interested in behavioural, population and community ecology, including management applications and methodological aspects, with a special interest in the role of animal movements across these scales. Recently I have also become interested in exploring the functional traits underlying plant-herbivore community dynamics, with the overall aim to understand the mechanisms driving biodiversity dynamics in human-dominated systems. To address these questions I use a combination of theory and observational or experimental approaches.
Mike Bunce, Curtin University
My research interests and expertise lie in the ability to isolate and characterise DNA from old and degraded biological substrates, such as fossil bone, sediment, eggshell and faecal material. Ancient (and degraded) DNA can provide significant insights into the evolutionary history, extinction processes and past biodiversity of many species. My research is now heavily focused on using next generation DNA sequencing and applying these technologies to a variety of fields, including conservation biology, diet determination, disease detection, forensics, palaeontology and archaeology.
Luísa Carvalheiro, University of Brasília
My research focus on community ecology and conservation. I have particular interest in the study of dynamics of biodiversity through time and space; and on the evaluation of how such biotic changes affect ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services, considering how the complex network of ecological interactions in which species are integrated mediates such changes.
Anne Chao, National Tsing Hua University
I am 60% statistician, 30% mathematician and 10% ecologist. Mathematical and statistical problems arising in ecology and evolution fascinate me. My current research interests include statistical inferences of biodiversity measures (for example taxonomic, phylogenetic, and functional diversities along with related similarity/differentiation indices), and statistical analysis of ecological and environmental survey data (including standardising biological samples and rarefaction/extrapolation techniques).
Ryan Chisholm, National University of Singapore
I am a theoretical ecologist with interests in biodiversity, ecosystem function and invasive species. My current work focusses mainly on tropical forest diversity and function, making extensive use of data from the Center for Tropical Forest Science. My methods include mathematical modelling, computer simulation modelling and statistical analysis.
Natalie Cooper, Natural History Museum, London
I am an evolutionary biologist, focusing mainly on macroevolution and macroecology. My interests include phylogenetic comparative methods, morphological evolution, using museum specimens in research, and integrating neontological and palaeontological data and approaches for understanding broad-scale patterns of biodiversity.
Matthew Davey, University of Cambridge
I specialise in plant physiology and advanced biochemical profiling, a process known as metabolomics. My main interest is measuring diversity in metabolic traits and how this can influence plant population spread, especially for natural communities in a changing world. I am also interested in bioinformatic pipelines, incorporating environmental information with biochemical trait measurements derived from laboratory and field experiments.
Pierre Durand, University of the Witwatersrand
My research is broadly focussed on the evolution of complexity. Many of my projects are related to the evolutionary ecology of programmed cell death (PCD) in unicellular organisms; how PCD impacts microbial communities and how the philosophy of levels of selection informs our understanding of PCD evolution. I have also examined other aspects of complexity evolution such as the origin of life and group formation in unicellular chlorophytes in response to predation. The model organisms I typically use are phytoplankton. I have used a range of methods in my research, including general cell and molecular biology tools, biochemical assays, microscopy, flow cytometry, bioinformatics and computational algorithms.
Diana Fisher, University of Queensland
I am a mammal ecologist. I work on the causes and detectability of extinction in mammals, and am particularly interested in ecology and conservation of tropical and subtropical Australian marsupials, and Melanesian bats. I like to use a combination of methods including demography, population ecology, phylogenetic comparative methods, historical ecology and field experiments. I also use captive manipulations of marsupial predators (mainly antechinus) to investigate life history evolution and its links with sexual selection, mating systems, social organisation and maternal care.
Oscar Gaggiotti, University of St Andrews
My research focuses on the study of spatial patterns of genetic diversity to better understand the evolutionary and ecological processes responsible for their origin and maintenance. To this end I develop ecologically realistic population genetics theory and statistical methods using the metapopulation paradigm and Bayesian statistics. I apply these methods to two research problems: (i) statistical inference of demographic history and ecology of populations and, (ii) study of local adaptation to understand the molecular bases of phenotypic variation.
Tom Gilbert, Natural History Museum of Denmark
I apply molecular methods to study questions across the disciplines of archaeology, anthropology, evolutionary biology and ecology. I am particularly interested in the cutting edge of such methods, and tailoring their use to non-model systems and challenging substrates such as degraded nucleic acids or proteins.
Luca Giuggioli, University of Bristol
My research focuses on developing quantitative tools to predict observed spatio-temporal ecological patterns from the underlying individual local interaction mechanisms. I generally borrow mathematical approaches developed for out-of-equilibrium statistical physics systems, but often end up creating new ones. I am particularly interested in developing general theories on animal foraging processes and the formation of territorial and home range patterns, as well as many other processes where individual agents move and interact collectively.
Nick Golding, University of Melbourne
I develop statistical models and software for mapping the distributions of species and diseases. I'm particularly interested in tools that make it easy for researchers to add more mechanistic structure into their correlative models (and vice versa) so that they can use all available information when making predictions. I also develop software and other tools to bring research communities together and help them advance ecology - by enabling and incentivising reproducible and extensible research.
Sarah Goslee, USDA, Agricultural Research Service
Why is this plant growing here?" Tackling this question has led me through wetlands, forests, deserts, and grasslands. I've poked at this question from the scale of plant traits all the way up to satellite imagery. I employ tools that include multivariate analysis, community and landscape diversity metrics, simulation modeling, and spatial classification. My current focus is on agricultural decision support tools for pasture and rangeland.
Thomas Hansen, University of Oslo
I am a theoretical biologist with general interests in evolutionary biology. Most of my current research takes place at the interface between evolutionary genetics and trait adaptation. I have interests in a number of methodological and foundational issues in evolutionary theory. These include comparative methods, evolutionary time-series analysis, conceptualization and measurement of selection, evolvability, adaptation and fitness, conceptualization and measurement of genetic architecture including epistasis and pleiotropy, evolutionary quantitative genetics, and the relationship between micro- and macroevolution. I have a particular interest in measurement theory, which is a mathematical/philosophical/practical field concerned with the meaningfulness of quantification in the form of numbers, models, and statistics.
Dave Hodgson, University of Exeter
I am a quantitative ecologist, with a research focus in two fields. I study the maintenance of phenotypic variation in natural systems, such as viruses in insects, antiherbivore metabolites in plants, life history variation in Daphnia, and niche specialists in bacterial microcosms. I also study the robustness of empirical models of population and community dynamics, with application to strategies of conservation management and the sustainable exploitation of natural resources. My overarching goal is to help lend ecology a predictive framework, and to explain (and conserve) biodiversity. I also maintain a sideline in the use of modern statistical analyses for hypothesis testing in the fields of evolutionary, population and environmental ecology.
Nick Isaac, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
I am interested in questions about the abundance, distributions, diversity and extinction risk of species. My research generally involves data that are structured in space, time and/or phylogenetically. I started out using the traditional approach in macroecology of ‘one value per species’, but increasingly I use multilevel models to explore patterns along multiple axes (space, time, species) and at a range of scales. Much of my work has involved developing new methods and/or comparing their statistical properties with existing approaches. Historically I used data on mammals and other vertebrates, but these days I work mostly on insects.
Patrick Jansen, Wageningen University and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
I am an ecologist specializing in consumer-resource interactions, particularly those between predators and their prey and between herbivores and plants. My past research was mainly focused on seed dispersal by animals, my current research more broadly considers the roles of vertebrates in ecosystems. I am especially interested in how loss of species – for example due to overhunting – affects forest ecosystems. I am involved in the development of a variety of field techniques and analytical tools, such as for the measurement of seed dispersal and for the extraction of ecological information from camera-trap data.
Louise Johnson, University of Reading
I’m a geneticist, and am above all interested in the evolution of genetic systems. I work on the evolution of the genetic code, karyotype evolution, and the evolution of gene regulatory networks. I’m also keen to understand how mating systems and intragenomic conflicts, such as those between mobile genetic elements and their hosts, affect the structure and function of genomes. Recently I’ve got into cancer evolution and experimental evolution. My research combines bioinformatics, theory and experimental work.
Susan Johnston, University of Edinburgh
My research focuses on using genomic information to understand evolution in natural populations. I adapt mixed model approaches to determine the genetic architecture of interesting traits (eg. estimating heritability, genome-wide association studies, outlier analyses) to examine its relationship with fitness or importance in local adaptation. I am interested in the potential of affordable genomics to answer evolutionary and ecological questions in wild systems, and how to deal with various statistical issues arising from such studies in small and/or structured populations.
Kate Jones, University College London
I am interested in understanding diversification and extinction across clades in space and time. My research on understanding extinction has led me into examining the consequences of biodiversity loss on ecosystem services such as disease regulation. I have traditionally used an empirical statistical modelling approach across space and time (across and within clades) but I have more recently become interested in combining empirical modelling with more mechanistic process-based models. I am also am interested in developing new tools and technologies to biodiversity monitoring. For example, I am developing acoustic monitoring identification tools to help identify bat species from their echolocation calls.
Steve Kembel, University of Quebec at Montreal
I am interested in understanding patterns of biological diversity and the ecological and evolutionary processes that give rise to those patterns. Most of my current research is based on the use of high-throughput DNA sequencing and bioinformatics to study microbial community ecology and the biogeography of plant-microbe interactions. I am also interested in the development of statistical methods and software for the analysis of phylogenetic and ecological data.
Darren Kriticos, CSIRO
I am an ecological modeler with interests centered on theoretical and applied invasion ecology. My research methods include bioclimatic niche modeling, process-based population dynamics, dispersal dynamics and bioeconomics. I use these tools to address questions of concerning biosecurity, biological control, strategic and tactical pest management, pest risk modeling, climate change adaptation and sustainable agriculture. My current interests are concentrated on: developing improved methods to assess the goodness of fit of potential distribution models for invasive species; using bioclimatic models to estimate economic and other impacts of pests and invasive species; and developing linked phenology and dispersal models.
Carolyn Kurle, UC San Diego
I am interested in several aspects of marine and terrestrial vertebrate ecology and I use stable isotope biogeochemistry to answer questions about trophic interactions, foraging ecology, niche partitioning, and animal movement patterns. I am also interested in studying the impacts of human perturbations such as pollution and invasion on ecological communities.
Nicolas Lecomte, Université de Moncton
I am interested in the trophic dynamics of terrestrial ecosystems to better understand their functioning and sensitivity to perturbations, such as climatic change. My research seeks to develop empirical and theoretical models of species interactions and animal movements to predict species and food web changes in time and space. A special focus is placed on polar ecosystems using a combination of food web modelling and long-term population and ecosystem monitoring.
Erica Leder, University of Turku
At the basic level my research focuses on the evolution of the phenotype. This can take many forms from the most obvious outward appearance such as coloration to physiological phenotypes such as development rate or response to stress. The unifying objective in my research is to identify the mechanisms of phenotypic divergence of the observed phenotypes. I use a variety of molecular methods in my research since particular methods tend to be suited for specific systems, typically though, I am employing “–omics” approaches: genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.
Andrew Mahon, Central Michigan University
I’m a molecular ecologist who uses genetic and genomic tools to ask questions ranging from surveillance and monitoring to biodiversity and phylogeography. My work includes development of novel molecular detection tools and metabarcoding applications for aquatic invasive species. I’m also interested in applying molecular tools to ask questions related to the evolution and biodiversity of benthic marine invertebrates in Antarctica.
Jason Matthiopoulos, University of Glasgow
I am interested in modelling the patterns and mechanisms that characterise spatial and population ecology. Much of my work has focused on building theory by translating biological hypotheses to mathematical models, using modern inference to fit these models to population, demographic, behavioural and physiological data, and applying the conclusions to wildlife conservation, natural resource management and risk assessment.
Rachel McCrea, University of Kent
I am a NERC research fellow and lecturer in statistics at the University of Kent. My particular areas of interest include capture-recapture modelling, multistate models, modelling population dynamics and methods of model assessment. My research is motivated by interesting discussions with ecologists and I strive to find innovative, but practical statistical solutions to ecological questions.
Greg McInerny, University of Warwick
My research is a blend of science, software and visualisation. Most scientific questions require some level of methodological advance. Those methods are frequently instantiated in code or software. And finally, the results need to be explored and communicated to a variety of users. Fusing these different aspects of science is demanding, but worthwhile. Alongside my interests in the regulation and generation of biodiversity, I have a special interest in the usability of software and how usability can increase software functionality and quality. Usability isn’t just about GUIs!
Sean McMahon, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
My research focuses on the ecological mechanisms that structure forest communities and determine the fine- and large-scale spatial and temporal dynamics of forests. This program spans topics as diverse as forest demography, functional traits, canopy structure, change over succession, and how climate change influences carbon stocks and fluxes in these systems. Analyses combine field research, advanced (and basic) statistical analyses, and computer simulations. I collaborate with a range of researchers, including plant physiologists, mycologists, environmental statisticians and even the occasional astrophysicist.
Jana McPherson, University of Dalhousie
My research interests revolve around species ranges: figuring out where they are and how they change, what limits them, how humans affect and alter them and what impact that has on biodiversity patterns, ecosystem services and, in particular, resilience. I work in terrestrial as well as marine systems at local to global scales. To date, my primary tools have been species distribution models, but also traditional fieldwork, the capture of traditional knowledge, large collaborative database compilations and the development of analytical methods to extract quantitative information from anecdotal and opportunistically collected data.
Jessica Metcalf, Princeton University
I am interested in applied questions in infectious disease biology, as well as more general questions in plant ecology and life-history evolution. For example, how will changing human demography change infectious disease incidence and spread? What drives dynamics of rubella through space and time, and what does this indicate for vaccine control? What are the key influences on dynamics of malaria inside the bloodstream of mice, and what does this imply for control as well as evolution of the parasite? When should reproduction occur in plants where reproduction is fatal (from an evolutionary perspective)? How long do trees live and what does this imply for coexistence in diverse rainforests, and rates of carbon turnover? My research uses data from a range of sources, and an array of statistical and modeling tools, often involving a structured population model.
Jane Molofsky, University of Vermont
I am a plant ecologist interested in the dynamics and structure of populations and communities. In my research, I combine experimental and theoretical approaches. My current research focuses on the predicted dynamics of weedy populations and the evolution of invasiveness in introduced plant populations.
Michael Morrissey, University of St Andrews
I am an evolutionary quantitative geneticist. I am interested in the selection, genetics, and evolutionary trajectories of traits in natural populations. I typically work at the interface of statistics, evolutionary theory, and empirical problems.
Tamara Münkemüller, CNRS, Universite J. Fourier
I am interested in a range of topics in evolutionary ecology, community phylogenetics and theoretical ecology. My current projects seek to better understand the ecological and evolutionary processes that drive community assembly. Statistical analyses of large-scale datasets and process-based simulation models form my toolbox for studying these questions.
David Murrell, University College London
I have a broad range of interests within ecology and evolution, but mostly consider ecological and evolutionary dynamics that are driven by interactions between organisms. The central theme that unites all of my work to date is understanding the processes that maintain high levels of biodiversity we see in nature. I have used stochastic models and mathematical approximations to generate hypotheses and predictions about populations and communities (especially plants), and I am now starting to challenge these ideas with individual-based datasets from natural communities. Since most of my theory is spatially explicit, I have concentrated on plant communities; but the techniques in moment closure I have helped develop allow mathematical insight into models that could once only be simulated, and are applicable to a wide range of ecological and evolutionary problems.
Jari Oksanen, University of Oulu
I'm a plant community ecologist with a keen interest in ecological statistics. I have a background in lichenology, but currently work mainly with data on northern vegetation and aquatic communities. I'm an active R developer, and have a special interest in multivariate methods, various diversity models, spatial analysis and the application of community null models.
David Orme, Imperial College
I am interested in a range of questions about the geographic and phylogenetic distribution of biodiversity. I typically use broad macroecological and macroevolutionary approaches to explore the factors associated with levels of diversity. Much of my recent work has been based on global vertebrate diversity, where both range maps and phylogenetic associations are well enough known to support detailed analyses. I am also interested in investigating the dynamics of species ranges and how they are controlled by species traits and the environment.
Emmanuel Paradis, Analysis of Phylogenetics and Evolution
My research is centred on the investigation of evolutionary processes with phylogenetic trees at different scales of time and of biological complexity. Evolution connects all living beings through ancestor–descendant relationships with modification of their traits. My approach is to collect data and analyse them to test hypotheses on the dynamics of these relationships. Since 1997, the development of statistical and computing tools for these analyses has been an important component of my work. My contributions may be grouped in three topics: phylogenetic diversification, phylogenetic analysis of comparative data and coalescence and past population dynamics. My past research was on population dynamics of small mammals and of birds, chaos in (meta)population models, and the evolution of dispersal.
Francesca Parrini, University of the Witwatersrand
My broad research interests lie in the ecology and behaviour of mammalian herbivores, their interaction with biotic and abiotic factors and the integration of factors governing decisions at the small foraging scale and factors governing decisions at the landscape level. As such, my research lies at the interface of remote sensing, behavioural ecology and conservation. Recently I have become interested in the application of graph theory and network analysis to ecological settings, in particular to study the spatio-temporal structure of animal movement patterns.
Will Pearse, Utah State University
I am an evolutionary ecologist and use phylogeny to link the evolution of species' traits with their ecological community assembly. I'm interested in phylogenetic methods, macro-evolution of species' traits, community assembly and developing new statistical tools for all of the above.
Pedro Peres-Neto, Concordia University
My research interests lie at the interface of community and quantitative ecology, incorporating principles from a diverse suite of areas including spatial ecology, multivariate statistics, aquatic ecology, ecomorphology and evolution. Examining the roles of multiple ecological factors in driving species distributions and community structure relies heavily on quantitative methods to detect statistical patterns in data. I am interested in developing and assessing the performance of quantitative frameworks where different sources of information based on observational and experimental approaches can be embedded and analyzed jointly.
Tim Poisot, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
I am interested in the spatial and temporal dynamics of species interactions at the community level. My research seeks to develop predictive models to forecast the structure of communities when observations about species interactions are scarce, understanding the relevance of variability in community structure on emerging ecosystem properties, and the evolutionary dynamics of multi-species assemblages. I explore these questions using computational approaches, from standard models of population dynamics to graph-theoretical approaches.
Samantha Price, UC Davis, USA
My research seeks to answer the question "What regulates biodiversity?". I use phylogenetic and comparative methods to investigate the abiotic and biotic drivers of global patterns of ecomorphological and lineage diversity over long periods of time and across large clades of vertebrates. To work at this macro-scale I tap the reserves of scientific data in museum collections, published literature, as well as online databases using data and techniques from across ecology, evolution, organismal biology, palaeobiology and data science.
Satu Ramula, University of Turku
I am a plant ecologist interested in applying quantitative methods to ecological and evolutionary questions from species interactions to management. My research focuses on understanding patterns and processes in plant population dynamics with special emphasis on invasive species and their management. One of my research aims is to produce management solutions for invaders based on modelling and experimental approaches. I also study demographic models, such as deterministic and stochastic structured models, and their applicability for small demographic data sets.
Sean Rands, University of Bristol
I'm a behavioural ecologist, and am fascinated by the intricacies of the behavioural and life history decision-making processes involved when organisms interact with each other and with the environment, which I test with a range of theoretical and empirical techniques. These interactions include the social interactions between members of groups, the intimate relationships between parasites and hosts, pollinators and plants, predators and prey, and between parents and their offspring.
Mark Rees, University of Sheffield
I am interested in a wide range of ecological and evolutionary problems. The methods I use range from simple analytical models for single and multi-species population dynamics, through to evolutionarily stable strategy models for the evolution of plant traits and more complex structured models, in particular integral projection models. These more complex models allow individuals to be characterised by multiple traits, competition between individuals and stochasticity in the environment. These models have been used to address a range of life-history problems using field data to parameterise the models. In a more applied setting I have used models to explore the dynamics and control of invasive weeds. In addition to this I am also interested in statistical estimation problems related to the analysis and interpretation of ecological experiments.
John Reynolds, Simon Fraser University
I study aquatic ecology and conservation, with a current emphasis on land-terrestrial interactions. I also have ongoing interests in links between life histories and extinction risk, with comparative studies of marine and freshwater fishes. My fieldwork is based in the Great Bear Rainforest, a remote region along British Columbia’s central coast, where we are studying 50 pristine watersheds to understand ecological links between salmon and species ranging from riparian plants to birds.
Holger Schielzeth, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
I am an evolutionary biologist with a focus on sexual selection and a strong interest in multivariate constraint to adaptive evolution. My empirical work is both lab- and field-based, with a current focus on a charismatic species of grasshopper. Besides the empirical work, I am keen to follow new methodological and biostatistical developments. When it comes to statistics, my philosophy is to estimate meaningful effect sizes in the best possible way and to quantify their uncertainty based on the data at hand.
Matt Schofield, University of Otago
My research involves developing statistical methodology and computation for ecological data. Much of my work has looked at statistical issues surrounding the estimation of demographic parameters of animal populations. In particular, it has focused on capture-recapture data and the importance of accounting for missing data. Examples include misidentification in non-invasive studies and incorporating covariate information.
Justin Travis, University of Aberdeen
I'm interested in a broad range of questions related to spatial ecological, evolutionary and genetic dynamics. A particular recent focus has been on developing approaches that link population ecology with evolutionary processes (eco-evolutionary dynamics) and also include the genetics. Most of my work utilises individual-based simulation models, but I also now work with mathematical ecologists, seeking approaches to make the models run faster at large spatial extents (for large numbers of individuals), and with statisticians, exploring approaches for fitting IBMs to different data sources.
David Warton, University of New South Wales
My research is at the interface between ecology and statistics. Statistics is a rapidly changing field, and modern methods enable important ecological research questions to be answered that were previously difficult or impossible to address. I develop new data analysis methodologies, and increase awareness in ecology and related disciplines of existing methodologies. Particular interests include multivariate analysis, especially model-based approaches for studying the environment-community association; species distribution modelling, especially model selection approaches; and estimation and inference about allometric lines.
Nigel Yoccoz, University of Tromsø
I am a statistical ecologist studying structure and dynamics of populations to ecosystems, particularly in northern areas and in connection with climatic change. I have broad research interests in how statistics can contribute to progress in science and society.
My research currently focuses on accelerating, standardising, and validating the measurement of biodiversity, using DNA-based methods, such as metabarcoding. My lab is applying these methods to a variety of applied conservation and management problems, especially in China and its neighbouring countries. I also work on the evolution of symbiosis, using a combination of game theory and experiment.
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