Editorial Board

Senior Editors

Ken Wilson (Executive Editor), Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Lancaster University, UK
Ben SheldonDirector of the Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
Jean-Michel Gaillard, Directeur de Recherche, CNRS, University of Lyon, FR
Nate SandersDirector of the Environmental Program, University of Vermont, USA

In Focus Editor

Jennifer Gill, University of East Anglia, UK

Associate Editors

Daniel Ardia, Franklin and Marshall University, USA
Lise Aubry, Colorado State University, US
Marie Auger-Méthé, University of British Columbia
M. Noelia Barrios-GarciaCONICET - CENAC, AR 
Ronald Bassar, University of Oxford, UK,
Spencer Behmer, Texas A&M University, USA
Allert Bijleveld, NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NL
Luca Börger, Swansea University, UK
Thierry Boulinier, CNRS, FR
Sandra Bouwhuis, Institute of Avian Research, DE
Isabella Cattadori, Penn State University, US
Jason Chapman, University of Exeter, UK
Dylan Childs, University of Sheffield, UK
Sonya Clegg, University of Oxford, UK
Sheena Cotter, University of Lincoln, UK
Emma Cunningham, University of Edinburgh UK
Ben Dantzer, University of Michigan, US
Elizabeth Derryberry, The University of Tennessee, US
Niels Dingemanse, Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, DE
Jenny Dunn, RSPB, UK
Audrey Dussutour, Toulouse University, FR
Christophe Eizaguirre, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Anna Eklöf, Linköping University, SE
Damien Farine, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, DE
Annette Fayet, University of Oxford, UK
Andy Fenton, University of Liverpool, UK
John Fryxell, University of Guelph, CA
Carola Gomez-RodriguezUniversity of Santiago de Compostela, SP
Jennifer Gill, University of East Anglia, UK
Blaine Griffen, Brigham Young University, US
Peter Hambäck, University of Stockholm, SE
Chris Harrod, Universidad de Antofagasta, CL
Bethany Hoye, Deakin University, AU
Andrew JacksonThe University of Dublin, IE
Sissel Jentoft, University of Norway, NO
Frank Johansson, University of Umeå, SE
David Koons, Colorado State University, US
Anna Kuparinen, University of Jyväskylä, FI
Lesley Lancaster, University of Aberdeen, UK
Jean-Philippe Lessard, Concordia University, CN
Xuan Liu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
Anne Loison, Université de Savoie, FR
Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska, University of Sydney, AU
Katharine A Marske, University of Michigan, US
Julie Morand-Ferron, University of Ottawa, CA
Becky Morris, University of Southampton, UK
Rachel Norman, University of Stirling, UK
Eoin O'Gorman, Imperial College London, UK
Kate Parr, University of Liverpool, UK
Samantha Patrick, University of Liverpool, UK
Fanie Pelletier, University of Sherbrooke, CA
Ally Phillimore, University of Edinburgh, UK
Stewart Plaistow, University of Liverpool, UK
Laura Prugh, University of Washington, US
Julian Resasco, University of Colorado, US
David Richardson, University of East Anglia, UK
Mariano A. Rodriguez-Cabal, Universidad del Comahue, AR
Marta Rueda, Estación Biológica de Doñana (EBD-CSIC), SP
Xingfeng Si, Zhejiang University, CN
Daniel B Stouffer, University of Canterbury, NZ
Garrett M. Street, Mississippi State University, US
Ann Tate, Vanderbilt University, US
Celine Teplitsky, CNRS, FR
Elisa Thebault, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, FR
Jason Tylianakis, University of Canterbury, NZ
Eric Vander Wal, Memorial University of Newfoundland, CN
Martijn van de Pol, Australian National University, AU
Dehua Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CN
Tom Webb, University of Sheffield, UK
Sharon Zytynska, Technical University of Munich, GR

Editorial Profiles - Journal of Animal Ecology

Senior Editors

Ken Wilson (Executive Editor)

Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Lancaster University, UK
Ken became Executive Editor of the journal in January 2014 having been an Editor of the Journal since 2009. His main interest is the evolutionary ecology of host-parasite interactions. His research encompasses both laboratory and field-based studies, and is generally aimed at challenging theory with data. His study organisms include invertebrates, birds and mammals.

Ben Sheldon

Director of the Edward Grey Institute, Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
Ben joined the Editors of the journal in January 2014, having previously served as an Associate Editor. He has broad interests in evolutionary biology, ecology and behavioural ecology and most of his work uses birds as model organisms. He is particularly interested in the ecological and evolutionary causes of variation in natural populations, and in utilizing experimental manipulation with analysis of long-term data sets.

Jean-Michel Gaillard

Directeur de Recherche, Research Unit 'Biométrie et Biologie Evolutive', CNRS, University of Lyon, FR
Jean-Michel became a Senior Editor in May 2014. His research concentrates on understanding evolutionary processes in populations of large mammals from analyses of their dynamics and identifying life history strategies of vertebrates from comparative studies. He is also interested in habitat selection by vertebrates and in how these populations are responding to climate change.

Nate Sanders

Director of the Environmental Program, University of Vermont, USA
Nate joined the Senior Editor board in September 2015. Nate’s research interests include macroecology, global change ecology, and community ecology. He tends to work on ants, but dabbles with other taxa when necessary.

In Focus Editor

Jenny Gill

School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK
Jenny is an applied ecologist working primarily with migratory bird systems to understand responses to environmental changes, causes and consequences of these responses and the implications for conservation of these species. She uses long-term tracking studies of marked individuals together with observational and experimental field studies to explore the ecological and evolutionary drivers of migratory systems, and their responses to land use and climate changes.

Associate Editors

Dan Ardia

Department of Biology, Franklin and Marshall College, USA
Dan is an evolutionary and physiological ecologist who studies how environmental change affects organismal performance, physiology, and behavior. His current research focuses on how temperature affects embryonic development in birds and how microclimate variation affects overwinter survival and behavior in chickadees. Website

Keywords: behavioural ecology, life history trade-offs, immunity, ecoimmunology

Lise Aubry

Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University, USA
Lise is an animal population ecologist interested in quantifying the impacts of anthropogenic factors (climate change, habitat fragmentation) on the ecology, demography, and microevolution of wild species. How wild populations respond to management actions (e.g. harvest) and conservation practices is also a topic of great interest. Her research calls for the analyses of longitudinal data and methodologies borrowed from demography, population ecology, and life history evolution theory.Website

Keywords: population ecology, evolutionay ecology, conservation and management

Marie Auger-Méthé

Dept. of Statistics and Institute for the Oceans & Fisheries
University of British Columbia
Marie is broadly interested in developing and applying statistical tools to infer behavioural and population processes from empirical data. While she is mostly interested in marine and polar mammals, the methods she develops are often applicable to a wide range of species and ecosystems. Her current work centres on modelling animal behaviour using movement data. She specializes in the analysis of data with spatial and/or temporal structure. Website

Keywords: Animal movement, statistical methods, marine ecosystems, polar ecosystems, mammals, time-series analysis

Ronald Bassar

Department of Zoology, Oxford University, UK
Ron’s research focuses on how variation in abiotic factors and biotic interactions interact to shape ecological and evolutionary dynamics (eco-evo dynamics). A major focus of this work is to understand how eco-evo dynamics have contributed to patterns of evolutionary divergence. His work integrates theoretical studies with experimental studies of natural and semi-natural populations and communities. Website

Keywords: Eco-evo feedbacks, evolutionary ecology, integral projection models, life history evolution

Spencer Behmer

Department of Entomology, Texas A&M University, USA
Spence studies insect physiology and behavior, including their ecological and evolutionary bases. His approach is "bottom-up", with an emphasis on using individual behavior as a tool to better understand physiology and higher-level processes. Questions rooted to nutritional physiology and ecology drive much of his research, with an emphasis on macronutrients and sterols (cholesterol). Website

Keywords: physiology, nutrition, plant-insect interactions, pests, species abundance, coexistence and distribution

Luca Börger

Department of Biosciences, Swansea University, UK
Luca is 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. He is also 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 he uses a combination of observational, experimental, and modelling approaches applied to vertebrate and invertebrate study systems. Website

Keywords: behavioural ecology, movement, migration, resource use, home range, habitat selection

Thierry Boulinier

Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), CNRS - Université Montpellier, France
Thierry’s research focusses on spatial population ecology issues, on topics dealing with behavioural ecology, population dynamics, community ecology, immuno-ecology and disease ecology. He is notably working with colonial seabirds to explore processes involved in the evolutionary ecology of dispersal and of a transgenerational response to parasitism, the maternal transfer of antibodies, with implications from comparative immunology to conservation biology. Website

Keywords: population ecology, behavioural ecology, population dynamics, community ecology, immuno-ecology and disease ecology

Sandra Bouwhuis

Institute of Avian Research, Wilhelmshaven, Germany
Sandra is an evolutionary ecologist with a specific interest in the causes and consequences of within-individual change in life-history traits and between-individual variation in life-history strategies. She mostly conducts analyses on long- term individual-based data sets collected in wild bird populations and is currently running the long-term life-history project on common terns (Sterna hirundo). Website

Keywords: evolutionary ecology, life-history evolution, phenotypic plasticity

Isabella Cattadori

Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics, Department of Biology Penn State University, US

Isabella works on different aspects of the ecology of infectious diseases driven by fundamental questions of human, livestock and wildlife concern. Of particularly relevance in her list are the processes and factors that generate host heterogeneity to infection and transmission both at the individual and the host population level. She uses an interdisciplinary approach that spans from population ecology through epidemiology to immunology and is based on long-term field monitoring, field and lab experimental manipulations, statistical analysis and modelling. She works primarily on gastrointestinal helminths but also likes bacteria and viruses.Website

Keywords: ecology of infectious diseases, population ecology, impact of climate change and seasonality, host-parasite and parasite-parasite interactions, eco-immunology, lagomorphs, vectors, helminths, bacteria, viruses

Jason Chapman

Centre for Ecology and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK
Jason’s research focuses on the behavioural adaptations that insects have evolved to facilitate successful long-range migration, with a particular emphasis on Lepidoptera. His group uses a range of techniques, including entomological radar, high-altitude aerial netting, long-term population data, tethered-flight techniques and genomic approaches, to investigate migration strategies and flight behaviour. He has a particular interest in the evolutionary drivers of insect migration strategies, and comparative studies of migratory behaviour in a wide range of taxa. Website

Keywords: Animal migration , Insect migration,Trajectory simulation

Dylan Childs

Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
Dylan is a population biologist with interests at both the pure and applied ends of the spectrum. He follows an interdisciplinary approach, developing data-driven models to understand population dynamics and natural selection in laboratory and free-living populations. He is particularly keen to understand how demographic, environmental and ecological processes interact to shape selection on life histories. He is also interested in developing theory and applications for modelling structured populations. Website

Keywords: life histories, evolutionary demography, structured population modelling, host-parasite dynamics

Sonya Clegg

Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
Sonya seeks to understand the evolutionary processes that promote divergence in wild vertebrate systems by studying divergence in morphological, ecological, behavioural and genetic attributes. Sonya focuses on island bird populations, particularly those in the southwest Pacific region to examine topics including rates of phenotypic evolution, the dynamics of natural selection, the importance of disease pressures e.g. avian malaria, shifts in dispersal capacity and island biogeography patterns. Website

Keywords: phenotypic evolution, island biogeography, population genetics, birds, avian malaria, south Pacific, Australia

Sheena Cotter

School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK
Sheena's research focuses on physiological and genetic life-history trade-offs; particularly in understanding how organisms evolve to defend themselves against attacks from other organisms and how they trade-off the costs of those defences with life-history traits such as longevity and reproduction. Her major focus is on the costs of immunity: particularly in understanding the factors that have shaped the evolution of immunity in insects. She uses a combination of behavioural, physiological, quantitative and molecular genetic approaches to address these questions. Website

Keywords: immunity, life history trade offs, evolution

Ben Dantzer

Department of Psychology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,University of Michigan, USA
Ben is a physiological and evolutionary ecologist that studies how environmental changes impact the behavior and physiology of wild animals and how their behavioral or physiological responses impact their survival and reproduction. His research involves field studies of wild mammals in combination with laboratory work to measure physiological or hormonal traits as well as comparative or literature analyses to investigate the physiological and hormonal causes of life history variation. Website

Keywords: Physiological Ecology, Stress, Hormones, Natural Selection, Maternal Effects

Elizabeth Derryberry

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, The University of Tennessee, USA
Elizabeth is an evolutionary ecologist who studies the role of environmental factors in the development and evolution of sensory and signaling systems, and, in turn, the interplay between diversification of mating signals and speciation. She conducts population-based studies in model organisms, the white-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys) and the zebra finch (Taeniopygia guttata), and comparative work within the diverse radiation of suboscines (Tyranni). Website

Keywords: Behavior, Communication, Bird song, Cultural Evolution, Urban Ecology, Oscines, Suboscines, Phylogenetics, Phylogenetic comparative methods, Adaptive radiation

Niels Dingemanse

Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany
Niels is an evolutionary ecologist who works on the interface between behavioural ecology and quantitative genetics. His current research focusses on proximate and ultimate causes and consequences of individuality in average behaviour (‘personality’) and behavioural plasticity, for which he uses wild populations of birds (great tits) and insects (field crickets) as model systems. Website

Keywords: behavioural ecology, life-history evolution, personality, phenotypic plasticity, quantitative genetics, social evolution

Jenny Dunn

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, UK
Jenny's research interests span a broad range of topics within ecology and conservation, but centre around factors influencing behaviour, and the consequences of behavioural adaptation at both the individual and population levels. She is particularly interested in the sub-clinical impacts of parasitic infection, parasite transmission, the associations between parasitism and behaviour and the implications these may have for populations across generations through delayed life-history effects. Jenny is also fascinated by how multiple stress factors interact in free-living populations, especially those in decline, and the implications these interactions have for the conservation of populations. Website

Keywords: parasites, behavioural ecology, conservation, disease ecology, birds

Audrey Dussutour

Research Center on Animal Cognition, Toulouse University, France
Audrey studies collective nutritional decisions in social insects and slime moulds. The pervasiveness of nutrition underscores its importance as a subject in ecology, and it also opens up opportunities to explore and contribute to diverse fields, spanning metabolic physiology to community ecology. Her main interest is to understand how distributed systems such as ant colonies and slime moulds maintain an optimal supply of multiple nutrients essential for life and reproduction. Website

Keywords: social insects, slim moulds, nutrition, metabolic physiology, community ecology

Christophe Eizaguirre

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Christophe’s research follows an interdisciplinary approach to integrate evolutionary theory into conservation. Particularly, Christophe uses molecular techniques and modelling to address questions related to host-parasite interactions, speciation and conservation biology. Website

Keywords: speciation, adaptive evolution, genetics, MHC polymorphism, reporductive behaviour, host-parasite evolution

Anna Eklöf

Division of Theoretical Biology, Linköping University, Sweden
Anna is an ecologist with a special interest in theoretical ecology. She is fascinated by the diversity of life we see around us and how the intricate network of species interactions and abiotic factors act together and form our ecosystems. Her research focus is on theory and modelling related to the structure dynamics of ecological networks. The goal with her research is to provide detailed understanding of the factors driving network structure and thereby increase our knowledge about ecosystem functioning and systemwide responses to different kinds of disturbances. She is also particularly interested in the coupling to ecosystem service delivery. Website

Keywords: ecological networks, food webs, metacommunities, ecosystem services

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Damien Farine

Department of Collective Behaviour, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Germany

Damien seeks to understand the causes and consequences of sociality in birds and other vertebrates. He uses state-of-the-art technologies to track individuals and their groups, both in the wild and in captivity, and has been central in the development of analytical tools to infer different aspects of social behaviour. His studies explore how moving groups make decisions, the mechanisms that shape phenotypic structure in populations, the relationship between social ties and population processes, and the fitness consequences of social associations. Damien is increasingly interested in linking interactions across different spatial, temporal, and biological scales, and exploring the dynamics of social behaviour in response to these interactions. . Website

Keywords: birds, collective animal behaviour, disease spread, information use, movement, predator behaviour, primates, social behaviour, social network analysis, social selection

Andy Fenton

Institute of Integrative Biology, University of Liverpool, UK
Andy is interested in the use of simple population dynamic theory as a tool for understanding ecological systems. He works on a range of systems, focussing primarily on the epidemiology and evolution of parasites. Andy's main research interest at present focuses on the community context of host-parasite associations - how parasites shape, and transmit within, multi-host communities, and how interactions among co-infecting parasites affect host health, host-parasite dynamics and the efficacy of control strategies. He is also interested in host-parasite coevolutionary dynamics, trying to understand how different parasite infection and host resistance genotypes interact to determine patterns of coevolution. Website

Keywords: Infectious disease, population dynamics, epidemiology, host-parasite evolution, parasite community ecology

John Fryxell

Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph, Canada
John’s research focuses on the effects of behavioural decisions by terrestrial mammals on population dynamics and community structure. He uses a mix of theoretical and empirical approaches to consider the dynamics of specific systems. Theoretical questions of interest include herbivore migration in relation to resource use and predation risk, carnivore and herbivore spatial distribution in relation to resource use and predation risk, optimal diet and patch selection in heterogeneous environments, and the effect of social interference and territoriality on predator-prey interactions. Website

Keywords: movement, migration, resource availability, spatial, habitat use, predation risk, optimal diet, territoriality, harvesting, Serengeti food web

Blaine Griffen

Biology Department, Brigham Young University, USA
Blaine is a marine ecologist who examines the responses of organisms to anthropogenic environmental change. His studies combine empirical and theoretical approaches to develop a mechanistic understanding of how organismal phenotypes facilitate or constrain responses to environmental change and how these mechanistic responses at the organismal level then scale up to influence population and community dynamics. Website

Keywords: diet, invasive species, trait diversity, environmental stress, population exctinction, trophic interactions, multiple predator effects

Peter Hambäck

Department of Ecology, Environment and Plant Sciences, Stockholm University, Sweden
Peter's research focuses on the role of indirect interactions in spatially heterogeneous landscapes, mainly in arthropod dominated systems. His studies involve behavioural mechanisms, how insects find or do not find hosts, cross-ecosystem flows of matter and organisms, and how both these processes translate to community level consequences, such as apparent competition. Website

Keywords:  plant-herbivore interactions, insect search behaviour, host-parasitoid coevolution, tophic cascades,stable isotopes

Bethany Hoye

School of Life and Environmental Sciences, Deakin University
Bethany is interested in host-parasite interactions, particularly in migratory host species. Her research combines observations of free-living animals with experiments, physiological and genetic analyses, and theoretical models to investigate how the physiology and behaviour of individual animals goes on to influence entire communities and ecosystems. Most of Bethany's work has focused on how the migratory behaviour of animals shape infection dynamics and how infection, in turn, shapes host migratory behaviour and physiology, primarily in long-distance avian migrants. Website

Keywords: disease ecology, infectious disease, zoonotic, animal migration, virus (i.e. viral infections), helminth (i.e. infections caused my trematodes, nematodes, and cestodes)

Keywords: food webs, pollinator networks


Andrew Jackson

School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland
Andrew has broad interests in ecology and evolution spanning behavioural ecology and community ecology. His research is primarily focussed around developing mathematical, computational and statistical models to understand the consequences of interactions between individuals and their biotic and abiotic environment. He has no taxa that he calls his own and has recently collaborated on projects involving vultures, turtles and human epidemiology and more and more has been using datasets comprising multiple taxa to draw phylogenetic comparisons. Currently he is working on the evolution of information processing with one hand and developing new statistical methods for stable isotope ecology with the other. Website 

Keywords: scavenging, stable isotope ecology, behavioural ecology, community ecology, competition

Sissel Jentoft

Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Synthesis, Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway
Sissel’s main research interest includes marine genomics, behavioral and functional genomics as well as population genomics/genetics. She is using recent advancements within high-throughput sequencing technologies to further understand how genomes are influenced by adaptation to changing climates and environments. More specifically, most of her research focuses on Atlantic cod and some of its close relatives within the order of Gadiformes in relation to their adaptation to different environments; i.e. temperature/depth and salinity as well as biological factors such as behavior (migratory vs. non-migratory) and age and size at maturation. Website

Keywords: Fish/marine genomics, Population genomics/genetics, Genetic connectivity and population structure, Behavioral and functional genomics/genetics

Frank Johansson

Department of Ecology and Genetics, Uppsala University, Sweden
Frank´s research focuses on the evolution of phenotypic plasticity and local adaptation of population and species in response to environmental changes. He uses dragonflies, frogs and fish as his model organisms, and the focus is on life history traits and neutral genetic markers. Website

Keywords: adaptation, phenotypic plasticity, climate

Anna Kuparinen

University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Anna is a mathematician with a b interest in utilizing her theoretical background to understand and predict resilience and recovery of natural populations and the interplay between life-histories, populations and ecosystems. Her research utilizes process-based simulations and statistical modelling tools. Research topics range from the theory of life histories and eco-evolutionary population dynamics to applied questions related to management and conservation. While much of her research deals with fish biology and fisheries, her work also covers terrestrial systems and birds. Website

Keywords: Modelling, life-histories, population ecology

Lesley Lancaster

Institute of Environmental and Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, UK
Lesley is an empirical ecologist interested in understanding how biogeographic processes shape macroecological trait variation, population dynamics, life history evolution, and species interactions. She is also interested in the drivers of and constraints on niche evolution in ectotherms. Website

Keywords: insects, reptiles, latitudinal clines, thermal tolerance, phylogeny, biogeography, range shifts, maternal effects, polymorphism

Anne Loison

Laboratoire d’Ecologie Alpine, Université de Savoie, France
Anne is interested in large herbivore demography, behavior and life history, and their role within the ecosystem, and specifically their impacts on plants and carnivores. Her research relies on the long term monitoring of individually marked animals in large herbivore communities in mountain ecosystems. This includes evaluating demographic, spatial and behavioral responses to human activities and climate.

Keywords: herbivore demography, behavior, life history

Katharine A Marske

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan
Katie’s research integrates comparative phylogeography with other geographical ecology methods to understand historical factors which underlie intraspecific diversification and the formation of species’ geographic ranges, and how these, in turn, contribute to community assembly and the generation of contemporary large-scale biodiversity patterns. Her research is currently focused on New Zealand beetles and North American amphibians, but Katie has worked with a variety of animal systems.

Keywords: comparative phylogeography, biogeography, evolutionary ecology, extinction, ecological niche models

Julie Morand-Ferron

Department of Biology, University of Ottawa, Canada
Julie’s research aims at understanding how cognitive processes (learning, memory, decision-making) are shaped by natural selection. She uses an integrated approach drawing from behavioural ecology, evolutionary ecology and cognitive ecology. Her research is focused on avian foraging and social behaviour, using experiments in the field and in aviaries. Her current work examines the interplay between sociality, personality and cognition in chickadees. Website

Keywords: learning, memory, innovation, cognitive ecology, adaptive value of cognition, individual differences, social foraging, producer-scrounger, behavioural flexibility, passerine birds, black-capped chickadees

Becky Morris

Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, UK
Becky is a community ecologist investigating the structure, dynamics and functioning of ecological networks in natural and human-modified ecosystems. She has a particular interest in empirical approaches to studying networks, especially large-scale manipulative field experiments; and in the role of density- and trait-mediated indirect interactions. Website

Keywords: Ecological networks, food webs, indirect interactions, human-modified ecosystems, host-parasitoid interactions, insect-plant interactions, insects

Rachel Norman

School of Natural Sciences, University of Stirling, UK
Rachel is a mathematical biologist whose research focusses on the dynamics and control of infectious diseases in wildlife systems. She has worked on a number of different hosts and pathogens, including a long term interest in tick borne diseases. Most recently she has focussed on aquatic pathogens and is now working in the area of food security, with particular interest in how aquatic plants and animals contribute to global food security and how we can use an ecosystem approach to develop sustainable food systems. Website

Keywords: Mathematical modelling, infectious diseases, food security

Eoin O'Gorman

Imperial College London, UK
Eoin's research aims to combine food web theory with the study of diversity, stability and ecosystem functioning. He is interested in the impacts of environmental and anthropogenic stressors on the structural properties of ecosystems, with a particular focus on the effects of warming on aquatic communities. He has combined theoretical, experimental and survey approaches to search for general patterns in the response of complex systems to perturbations in a variety of ecosystem types. He hopes these approaches can improve our predictive powers for future global change scenarios. Website

Keywords: aquatic food webs, diversity, stability, ecosystem functioning

Kate Parr

School of Environmental Sciences, University of Liverpool, UK
Kate is a community ecologist with a particular interest in ants and termites. She studies how biotic systems are structured, maintained and how they respond to disturbances. Her current research in the tropics is exploring how diversity changes along gradients, and investigating the role of dominant social insects in ecosystem structure and functioning. Website

Keywords: ecosystem functioning, invertebrates, large mammals, fire, herbivory, conservation

Fanie Pelletier

Department of Biology, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Fanie uses longitudinal monitoring of marked animal populations to understand how change in environmental conditions (natural and artificial) can lead to change in behaviour, life histories and population dynamics and to explore how these changes could feedback on the ecological dynamics. Website

Keywords: eco-evolutionary dynamics, demography

Ally Phillimore

Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK
Ally is a macroecologist interested in identifying the impacts of climate on phenology, species interactions and fitness. His work often involves examining the extent to which processes operate similarly over space and time. He also works on island biogeography and macroevolution.


Keywords: phenology, plasticity, macroecology, local adaptation, island biogeography, speciation, birds

Stewart Plaistow

University of Liverpool, Institute of Integrative Biology, UK
Stew's research uses model systems (Daphnia, Soil mites, Venus Flytraps), field studies (Mnais damselflies) and theory to study developmental plasticity and its evolutionary and ecological implications. His current research is focussing on non-genetic inheritance and contemporary evolution, the evolution of developmental thresholds, and character displacement, character release and speciation. Website

Keywords: phenotypic plasticity, maturation, polymorphisms, population dynamics, life histories, immunity, evolution

Laura Prugh

University of Washington, School of Environmental and Forest Sciences, US
Laura studies the dynamics of wildlife populations and communities, with a particular interest in facilitation, trophic interactions, and indirect effects. Research in the Prugh lab uses a combination of intensive fieldwork, modeling techniques, non-invasive genotyping, meta-analyses, and interdisciplinary approaches to study the response of wildlife communities to global change. Her current field-based research focuses on carnivore communities in Alaska and arid grasslands in California. Website

Keywords: predator-prey interactions, intraguild predation, facilitation, trophic cascades, rodents, ungulates, carnivores

Mariano A. Rodriguez-Cabal

Grupo de Ecologia de Invasiones, INIBIOMA – CONICET - Universidad del Comahue, Patagonia, Argentina.
Mariano is a community ecologist with broad interests in the factors that generate, maintain and threaten biodiversity. He uses observational, experimental, meta-analytical and theoretical approaches to understand how the loss of some species and the gain of others influence plant-animal interactions, vertebrate and ant seed dispersers, the diversity and structure of communities, and ecosystem processes.

 Keywords: community ecology, invasive species, frugivory, seed dispersal by animals

Daniel B. Stouffer

School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Daniel's research focuses on the structure and dynamics of ecological networks. He tends to follow an interdisciplinary approach by combining empirical data analysis with tools from fields beyond ecology such as engineering and physics. He is particularly interested in uncovering the factors that lead to stable and persistent ecological communities. Website

Keywords: food webs, networks, complexity

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Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Mississippi State University, USA
Garrett is a quantitative ecologist specializing in the movements and distributions of animals in complex landscapes. He is generally interested in the mechanisms linking fine-scale behavioural processes (e.g., foraging, thermoregulation) to broad-scale patterns in space use, density, and population dynamics. He uses a combination of theoretical and experimental approaches to address questions relating to individual fitness, cognition, movement rates, habitat preference, and biomass production across multiple taxa, natural and agricultural landscapes, and spatiotemporal scales.

Keywords: behaviour, Cervidae, habitat, landscape, mammals, modeling, movement, production, resource selection, space use, Suidae

Ann Tate imageAnn T. Tate

Department of Biological Sciences, Vanderbilt University, USA
Ann combines theoretical and experimental approaches to understand the proximate and ultimate sources of natural variation in immune responses and their consequences for disease dynamics. She has a particular interest in the role of ontogenetic factors in structuring susceptibility and exposure to infection in natural populations. Her experimental work utilizes flour beetles and their parasites to explore feedbacks among the molecular, organismal, and population levels of biological organization. Website

Keywords: ecological immunology, disease ecology, host-microbe interactions, immunological genetics, evolutionary ecology, life history evolution, immune priming, theoretical biology, Tribolium castaneum, Bacillus thuringiensis, eugregarines

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Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive (CEFE), CNRS - Université Montpellier, France
Celine is interested in adaptation in the context of global change, through rapid evolution or phenotypic plasticity. Her current research focuses on evolutionary potential / constraints in wild populations, using quantitative genetics tools to analyze long-term studies in birds. Website

Elisa Thebault

Université Pierre et Marie Curie, CNRS, France
Elisa is interested in the processes that determine the structure of networks of interactions between species, and in the consequences of these network structures on community dynamics and ecosystem functioning. She mainly uses dynamical models and empirical data analyses to investigate these questions in a variety of ecological networks and ecosystems (e.g. plant-pollinator networks, plant-herbivore webs, soil food webs). Website

Keywords: food webs, mutualistic networks, network structure, stability, ecosystem functioning

Jason Tylianakis

School of Biological Sciences, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Jason is a community ecologist who studies how global environmental changes alter species interactions and food webs, and how traits of species interact with the environment to determine food-web structure. He also studies the conditions under which biodiversity is most important for maintaining ecosystem functioning. Website

Keywords: agro- food webs, land use/fragmentation, climate, biodiversity, ecosystem functioning, invasive species, parasitoid-host interactions, pollinators

Martijn van de Pol

Research School of Biology, Australian National University, Australia
Martijn is interested in the interaction between individual variation in life-history decisions, environmental variability and population processes; possibly he is best described as an 'evolutionary demographer'. He uses long-term studies on wild birds to understand how populations respond to the various aspects of climate change and why some species are more prone to extinction than others. Website

Keywords: eco-evolutionary dynamics, climate, life histories, habitat fragmentation, genetics

Dehua Wang

Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Dehua studies the physiological ecology of small mammals and is interested in seasonal variations and its regulating mechanisms in thermogenesis and thermoregulation, energy balance and body weight regulation in Brandt's voles and Mongolian gerbils which lived in Inner Mongolian grassland, and plateau pikas which lived in Qinghai-Tibet plateau. He is also interested in the physiological mechanisms of food hoarding behavior in small mammals. Website

Keywords: metabolism, physiology

Tom Webb

Animal & Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield, UK
Tom is a marine macroecologist with broad interests in understanding large-scale patterns in the distribution of life in the seas, from plankton to fish including benthic invertebrates, and due consideration of human activities. In particular he is trying to figure out how to scale up from small-scale samples of local diversity to regional scale macroecological patterns and how dynamics operating within species translate into interspecific macroecological relationships. Website

Keywords: biodiversity, macroecology, biogeography, geographic range, life histories, conservation