Biosciences Science Club Series - Summer term 2016
19 July 2016 - 1pm - Zoology Museum (Wallace 129)
The Changing Landscape for Wildlife: Space Use, Biological Scales, and Predictive Ecology
As landscapes change due to human land use and climate change, effective management and conservation requires attention to ecological phenomena occurring at multiple biological and spatiotemporal scales. Consideration of scale-dependency has produced a shift toward predictive ecology based on bottom-up and top-down phenomena.
In this talk, I discuss the efficacy and utility of bottom-up approaches to predicting the distribution and abundance of wildlife across levels of biological organization from individuals to populations to biomes and global abundance. I emphasize both classical and modern statistical techniques for spatially explicit population estimation and discuss the role of wildlife not only as reactants to, but active contributors toward the function and stability of local ecosystems and the global biosphere.
Hope to see many of you - everyone is welcome!