Dynamics of Ecological and Evolutionary Processes Lab is based in 5350 Storer Hall at the Unversity of California, Davis. It is a developing group of people that work on various projects concerning the modeling, analysis, and simulation of ecological and evolutionary processes.
Current DEEP AffiliatesI am actively recruiting graduate students through Population Biology, Ecology, and Applied Mathematics. I also have a few projects for undergraduate research. Contact me if interested.
- Joshua Rapp started his post-doc with myself, Neal Williams and Jay Rosenheim this Fall. He is working on the evolution of flower number and reproductive resource allocations in stochastic pollination environments. He is supported by the United States National Science Foundation.
- Graduate Students
- Matt Meisner, Ph.D. Student, Population Biology Graduate
Education B.S. Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Research Interests: I am interested in combining theoretical and empirical approaches to studying population and community ecology, and I am particularly interested in how climate change will affect pest control in agroecosystems.
- Meisner, MH and Ives, AR. 2013. Foraging efficiency and the fitness consequences of spatial marking by ladybeetle larvae. OIKOS. 122: 1238-1246
- Meisner, MH, Harmon, JP, and Ives, AR. Temperature effects on long-term population dynamics in a parasitoid-host system. In review.
- Rosenheim, JA and Meisner, MH. Ecoinformatics can reveal yield gaps associated with crop-pest interactions: a proof-of-concept. In review.
- Meisner, MH and Rosenheim, JA. Ecoinformatics reveals effects of crop rotational histories on cotton yield. In review.
- Meisner, MH, Harmon, JP, Harvey, CT, and Ives, AR. 2011. Intraguild predation on the parasitoid Aphidius ervi by the generalist predator Harmonia axyridis: the threat and its avoidance. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata. 138: 193-201.
- Meisner, MH, Harmon, JP, and Ives, AR. 2011. Response of coccinellid larvae to conspecific and heterospecific larval tracks: a mechanism that reduces cannibalism and intraguild predation. Environmental Entomology. 40: 103-110
- Meisner, MH, Harmon, JP, and Ives, AR. 2007. Presence of an unsuitable host diminishes the competitive superiority of an insect parasitoid: a distraction effect. Population Ecology. 49: 347–355.
- Jacob Moore, Ph.D. student, Graduate Group in Population Biology, (2011-present)
Education: M.S. Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution, Emory University; B.S. Applied Mathematics, University of Washington
Research Interests: I am interested in the application of mathematical models to study ecological questions relevant to conservation. Specifically, I am interested in the design of reserve systems, and how these systems are impacted by invasive species, climate change, and anthropogenic factors.
- Moore JL, Remais J. Developmental models for estimating ecological responses to environmental variability: structural, parametric, and experimental issues. Acta Biotheoretica, 62:69-90. 2014
- Moore JL, Liang S, Akullian A, Remais J. Cautioning the use of degree-day models for climate change projections: predicting the future distribution of parasite hosts in the presence of parametric uncertainty, Ecological Applications, 22: 2237–2247, 2012.
- Swati Patel, Ph.D. student, Graduate Group in Applied Mathematics (2011- present)
Education: BA Integrated Science, Biology, International Studies, Northwestern University
Research Interests: Broadly, I enjoy thinking about mathematics, evolution and theoretical ecology. Currently, I am studying models of eco-evolutionary dynamics, which have raised many interesting questions in both Biology and Math. I love talking to people about science so feel free to contact me!
- Schreiber, S.J. and Patel, S. (in review) Evolutionarily induced alternative states and coexistence in systems with apparent competition
- Patel, S and Schreiber S.J. (in press) Evolution and trade-offs can facilitate coexistence in communities with intraguild predation. American Naturalist.
- Patel S, Kimball RT, Braun EL. 2013. Error in phylogenetic estimation for bushes in the Tree of Life. Journal of Phylogenetics and Evolution.
- Patel S, Weckstein J, Patane, J, Bates J, Aleixo A. 2011. Temporal and spatial diversification of Pteroglossus aracaris (AVES: Ramphastidae) in the neotropics: Consant rate of diversification does not support an increase in radiation during the Pleistocene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
- Matt Meisner, Ph.D. Student, Population Biology Graduate Group, (2011-Present)
Past DEEP Members
- Mathieu Faure was a post-doc who works on stochastic approximations, quasi-stationary distributions of randomly-perturbed set-valued dynamics, and replicator processes. Mathieu is a faculty member at the Groupement de Recherche en Economie Quantitative d’Aix Marseille
- Ryusuke Kon (2007-2008) was a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science research fellow from Japan who analyzed the dynamics of host-parasitoid communities and competitive communities with a storage effect. Ryusuke is a tenured Faculty of Engineering at the University of Miyazaki in Japan.
- Peter Ralph was a post-doc working with Graham Coop and myself. He currently is an Assistant Professor at University of Southern California.
- Carolina Reigada was a post-doc who works on metapopulation dynamics in ephemeral habitats. Carolina is currently a post-doc at University of Sao Paulo.
- Gregory Roth was a post-doctoral fellow sponsored by the Swiss and US National Science Foundations. While in Davis, Gregory worked on coexistence and population persistence in stochastic environments. He currently is a post-doc in Amsterdam with Hal Caswell and Andre de Roos
- Graduate Students
- Brian Alger (MS 2011 in Applied Mathematics, UCD) worked on the relative roles of the storage effect and the competition-colonization trade-off on coexistence. Brian just started a position as a computational scientist at Idaho National Laboratory
- Nick Fabina (PhD 2014 in Population Biology, UCD) worked on understanding symbiodinium-coral associations using network theory and coral reef dynamics in disturbed environments. He is currently a data scientist with the Farmers Business Network
- Bailey Meeker (MS 2013 in Applied Mathematics UCD) worked on temporal variation in the environment and phenotypic variation among individuals affects the spread of invasive species.
- Will Tarantino (MS 2008, VIMS) was co-advised by Emmett Duffy and myself. He studied the effects of adaptive foraging and community assembly on biodiversity and ecosystem processes.
Past StudentsPrior to coming to UCD, I had the privledge with working the following students:
- Graduate students
- Peter Caldwell (MS 2001, WWU) got a Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from the University of Washington and is currently a post-doctoral researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
- Daniel Graber (MS 2001, WWU) is a Mathematics Instructor Skagit Valley Community College.
- Chris Killingstad (MS 2002, WWU) is an instructor at Everett Community College
- Bobby Smith (MS 1999, WWU) works at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
- Undergraduate Students
- Evan Saltzman (BS 2008, WM) worked on the evolution of dispersal and is Ph.D. student in OR at GIT.
- Matt Holden (BS 2008, UCD) worked on dispersal in hetergenous environments and is an applied math Ph.D. student at Cornell.
- Adam Carpenter (BS 2008, WM) worked on effects of spatial and temporal heterogeneity on diversity and ecosystem processes.
- Jennifer "Jef" Akst (BS 2004, WM) worked on modeling the evolution of kleptoparasitism and is a Ph.D. in Wade's Lab at University of Indiana.
- Kevin Armstrong (2004) (BS 2004, WM) wrote MatLab code for simulating continuous time Markov chain models of community assembly and is a Ph.D. student in mathematics at University of Maryland.
- Bill Dirks (BS 1999, WWU) did his senior honor project on "Spiking and Oscillation in Neuronal Models" and received a NSF pre-doctoral fellowship in 1999 to attend Cornell as a Ph.D. student in Applied Mathematics.
- Jason Keagy (BS 2003, WM) collaborated with Dan Cristol and myself on the effects of replacing source habitats with sink habitats and is a PhD student at University of Maryland.
- Molly Kelton (BS 2005, Vassar) worked on competition in source-sink environments and is applying for graudate school at San Diego.
- Seth Rittenhouse (BS 2002, WWU) worked on intransititiveis in community assembly and is a Ph.D. student in Physics at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
- Eric Ruggieri (BS 2006, Providence) analyzed the Schoener-Holt-Polis model of intraguild predation and is a Ph.D. student in the applied mathematics program at Brown University.
- Glory Tobiason (BS 2001, WWU) worked on the evolution of consumers competing for two resources, spent two years living on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, taught math for several years at an alternative high school in Washington DC, and (more to come!)
- Jake Wamsley (BS 2006, WM) studied the effect of spatial heterogeneity on population abundance and persistence and is pursuing a Ph.D. in biochemistry at University of Virginia.
- Melanie Vejdani (BS 2005, WM) analyzed the co-evolution of host-parasitoid interactions in spatially heterogeneous environments.