The devil is in the detail: theory for empirical model systems
Ottar N. Bjornstad [M]
Departments of Entomology and Biology
Pennsylvania State University
T: (814) 863-2983
Department of Ecology and Evolution
University of Chicago
T: (773) 834-7647
Endorsed by the ESA Theoretical Ecology Section
One sentence summary:
This session exposes how many recent advances in theoretical ecology have come through modifications of classical models to be applicable to detailed experimental or observational data.
The nine confirmed speakers have all contributed substantially to recent advances in theoretical ecology. They have done so by extending standard strategic models or developed new models to be applicable to detailed experimental or observational data. To a varying degree classic theory provides qualitative insights, however a quantitative fit usually require consideration of some odd detail that one may a priori expect to be inconsequential. This symposium will illustrate this fascinating aspect of ecological theory through and overview (Bjornstad/Amarasekare) followed by seven 15 minutes case studies spanning behavioral ecology (Alonso), epidemiology (Grenfell/Gog), population dynamics (McCauley/Nelson), Biocontrol (Murdoc/Briggs, Amaresekare) and competition / community dynamics (Bolker/Seabloom, Purves).
Confirmed speaker and title list and overall schedule
The Organized Oral Session will constitute 8 15 minutes presentations. Each presentation will be followed by 5 minutes for discussions. There will be a 10 minute coffee break after the first 4 talks. Total length: 2 hours and 50 minutes.
1. BJORNSTAD, O.N 1. [C] AND AMARASEKARE, P 2. 1. Pennsylvania State Univ, 2. University of California Los Angeles. The devil is in the detail: theory for empirical model systems. (20)
2. ALONSO, S [C] Yale University. Understanding conflict and cooperation within and between the sexes in the Mediterranean wrasse, Symphodus ocellatus. (20)
3. MCCAULEY, E 1. [C] AND W. NELSON 2. 1. University of Alberta, Calgary, 2. University of Alberta, Edmonton. Developing and testing strategic models for structured populations: Daphnia as an exemplar. (20)
4. GRENFELL, B 1. [C] AND J. GOG 2. 1. Pennsylvania State Univ, 2. University of Cambridge. Mechanism and generality in infectious disease dynamics. (20)
5. MURDOCH, W.W 1. [C] AND C. BRIGGS 1. UC Santa Barbara, 2. UC Berkeley. Red scale and Aphytis: Simple models, complex models, and experiments. (20)
6. AMARASEKARE, P. [C] University of California Los Angeles. Trade-offs, temporal variation and species coexistence in multi-trophic communities. (20)
7. BOLKER, B 1. [C] AND E. SEABLOOM 2. 1. University of Florida, 2. Oregon State University. Spatial patterns and spatial community dynamics in California grasslands. (20)
8. PURVES, D. [C] Princeton University. Parameterized individual-based models of US forests: justification for, or invalidation of, traditional ecological theory? (20)