Spatial population dynamics and uncertainty in Tribolium: Lab Experiments and Models

Alan Hastings (April 17, 2012)

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Abstract

In joint work with Brett Melbourne we have studied highly replicated spatial population dynamics of flour beetles in a lab setting. I will describe the results of experiments on single species and spatial spread, and corresponding models. The models have to incorporate stochasticity of different forms to provide a good match to the data. In particular, demographic heterogeneity, fixed differences among individuals, are critical for understanding the dynamics.