Department of Biological Sciences Seminar November 8th, 2013; 2:30 pm, G-33 Jordan Hall
Life History & Population Responses to Environmental Variation,
Carol Boggs, Ph.D.
Director, School of the Earth, Ocean & Environment Department of Biology University of South Carolina
Environments are variable across space and time. Such variation affects individual life histories, both in ecological and evolutionary time, which in turn affect population dynamics via bottom-up control. I take a resource allocation approach to understanding these dynamics, using butterflies as a study system. In this talk I ask, first, how does restricted nutrient intake or increased energy output affect resource allocation and integrated suites of life history traits? Do resulting life history traits change with age, reflecting reproductive and metabolic senescence? I then connect lab experiments to observed population dynamics in the field.
Host: Dr. Michael Sears (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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