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Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies

Population Ecology

Population Ecology

We study demographic processes governing the dynamics and persistence of animal populations. Our aim is to contribute to ecological and evolutionary theory, and to provide scientific guidance for biodiversity conservation.

A central theme in our research is to investigate how natural populations respond to temporal and spatial variation in their environment. Such population responses can be in several forms (such as demographic, phenotypic, phenological, behavioural), and we investigate ecological and evolutionary mechanisms underlying these responses to better predict population persistence in changing environments. To study these mechanisms, we integrate ecological and evolutionary theory, employ a rich biodemography toolset, and analyse life-history data from several natural and experimental populations.

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Head of group: Prof. Dr. Arpat Ozgul