Seasonality strongly affects ecological dynamics, especially in the temperate zone. In most animal populations, ontogenetic development results in large differences between individual organisms in terms of body size and ecological role. For example, some fish display a ten-million fold increase in body weight from birth to maturity. Individuals in different ontogenetic life stages are therefore differentially affected by seasonality. Floor Soudijn investigates the importance of seasonality for predictions regarding commercial exploitation and species interactions in biological communities, using newly derived and recently developed models that incorporate ontogenetic structure.
F.H. Soudijn: Populations Exposed to Seasonal Variability; From Individual-level Energetics to Community Dynamics.
Prof. A.M. de Roos
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