Patrick Thompson

Project Description

For my Killam Postdoctoral Fellowship, I am developing and testing theory as to how biodiversity, food web structure, and ecosystem functioning can be maintained as the climate changes. I use mathematical simulations and experiments to explore how changing habitat connectivity, species interactions, and evolution combine to determine how communities rearrange. By advancing our understanding of how these processes interactively modify the response of natural communities to climate change, this research will inform strategies for preserving biodiversity and ecosystem functioning as conditions change. 

Research Interests

Community ecology
Food webs
Dispersal
Ecological stressors
Metacommunity

Research Methodology

Metacommunity theory
Mesocosms

Faculty

Faculty of Science

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