NCEAS Project 3040

A new synthesis of demography and dispersal

  • Hal Caswell
  • Michael G. Neubert

ActivityDatesFurther Information
Working Group17th—24th January 2001Participant List  
Working Group1st—8th September 2001Participant List  
Working Group9th—16th May 2002Participant List  

Our understanding of demography has improved tremendously over the past 50 years. So has our understanding of dispersal and its erects. However, our understanding of how demography and dispersal interact to determine spatiotemporal population dynamics is relatively poor. Recent theoretical advances provide tools that can bridge this gap, but because demographic and dispersal data are rarely presented together, they have yet to be applied. We propose to remedy this by forming a working group of empirical ecologists who have (or might obtain) both demographic and dispersal data and theoreticians interested in demography and dispersal. We will thus bring together and analyze combinations of data that otherwise would not be combined, and jump-start the process of unifying the theory of demography and dispersal.

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Bullock, James M.; Pywell, Richard F.; Coulson-Phillips, Sarah J. 2008. Managing plant population spread: Prediction and analysis using a simple model. Ecological Applications. Vol: 18(4). Pages 945–953.
Journal Article Caswell, Hal; Lensink, Rob; Neubert, Michael G. 2003. Demography and dispersal: Life table response experiments for invasion speed. Ecology. Vol: 84. Pages 1968-1978.
Journal Article Le Corff, Josiane; Horvitz, Carol C. 2005. Population growth versus population spread of an ant-dispersed neotropical herb with a mixed reproductive strategy. Ecological Modelling. Vol: 188(1). Pages 41-51.