Effects of group dynamics on development, selection and demography in cooperative vertebrates

Foto credit: Arpat Ozgul

I am collaborating with the Kalahari Meerkat Project (in particular Prof. Tim Clutton-Brock and Dr. Frank Groenewould from Univ. Cambrdige) on developing individual-based models of meerkat (Suricata suricatta) group dynamics.

sAPROPOS - Analysis of PROjections of POpulationS

I am leading an large-scale review of studies on population dynamics of vertebrates to answer the following main question: Do studies linking population dynamics of terrestrial vertebrates to climate reflect, in terms of what ecoregions and taxa are studied, the predictions of ecoregions and species vulnerability to climate change? This review is part of the sAPROPOS working group hosted at the iDiv in Leipzig. We just finished a writing retreat to draft a final version of the review!

Distribution of aquatic contaminants in the Bay of Cadiz

I have been collaborating with the Department of Environmental Chemistry at the University of Cadiz on using kriging techniques to interpolate the distribution of aquatic emergent contaminants! I helped out with the graphs in a great paper on the distribution of such contaminants.

Invasive species in the UA Carpathians

For my MS thesis, I used remote sensing technologies and species distribution modeling to investigate the current and potential future distribution of alien invasive plant species in the Ukrainian Carpathian Mountains. The Carpathian Mountains contain high levels of biodiversity and endemism but are increasingly pressured by unsustainable land use and invasion. Changing land-use patterns towards more fragmentation and degradation of natural ecosystems promote invasion and I hope to contribute to the scientific discourse on the potential levels of invasion and implications for ecosystems. I continue to collaborate with the WWF in Ukraine to improve range shift predictions using plant trait data.

Jerusalem artichoke, Helianthus tuberosus, L., Asteraceae, in the Ukrainian Carpathians.

Sosnowskyi's hogweed, Heracleum sosnowskyi, Manden, Apiaceae, invading species-rich meadow (including Red Listed fragrant orchid, Gymnadenia conopsea) in the Ukrainian Carpathians. (Photos by B. Prots)