may, 2017

09may1:00 pm2:00 pmEcological neutral theory: madness or misunderstoodDr James Rosindell


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Ecological neutral theory has been controversial because it assumes all individuals are ecologically equivalent regardless of their species identity.  This seminar will discuss the value of studying models that make such an assumption.  In particular, the potential of neutral theory to make predictions about both ecology and evolution simultaneously and the possible applications of neutral theory to conservation questions.

James Rosindell is a research Fellow in the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. He is a biodiversity theorist with a particular interest in ecological neutral theory. His research focuses on questions such as: What factors influence the presence of endemic species on islands?  How many species will go extinct if an area of habitat is modified or destroyed?  His approach to modeling problems in ecology is to search for simple models for observed phenomena if possible; a model does not have to explicitly reproduce reality in order to be useful.  Most of his work uses simulation models and applies methods such as spatially explicit coalescence to maximise computational tractability.

If you would like to meet with James, please contact Maria Dornelas.

James Rosindell’ website


(Tuesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Dyer's Brae Seminar Room

Dyers Brae, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Greenside Place, Fife, KY16 9TH, UK


Ellen Garland & Christian, Dyers Brae, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TH, UK