NCEAS Project 2271

Integrative research in population dynamics (Sabbatical Fellow)

  • William W. Murdoch

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow1st July 1997—30th June 1998Participant List  
Visitor15th—22nd May 1998Participant List  

I propose to write, with two co-authors, a monograph that will present general theory for the dynamics of parasitoid-host interactions. The book will be a synthesis of both theory and empirical data. The theory incorporates realistic aspects of host life histories, parasitoid decision-making, and seasonal and spatial processes. Where possible, the book will extend results to other consumer-resource interactions, especially predator-prey interactions. It will aim to give useful insight into the biological control of insect pests. Finally, we will relate the theory to both empirical information about individual properties and behavior and to observed dynamical patterns seen in time series of population abundances in the field. (2) I will work with Dr. Bruce Kendall and other members of the Complex Population Dynamics Working Group to move that group's research agenda along. (3) I plan to help mentor postdocs at the Center and to spend time discussing problems in synthesizing ecology with other visitors to the Center.

TypeProduct of NCEAS Research
Report or White Paper Murdoch, William W. 1998. Sabbatical Report. (Online version)