Metapopulation theory and concepts are the central paradigm for understanding the spatial and temporal dynamics of species interactions. Our research explores these sorts of ecological dynamics using mathematical tools, species record databases and experimental approaches. We focus on understanding the effects of different forms of uncertainty on the distribution and abundance in single species, resource-consumer interactions and more complex species assemblages.
Metapopulation ecology has developed to explain the population dynamics that occur in spatially structured landscapes. In her study, Chloë combined an empirical laboratory approach, using metapopulation microcosms of Callosobruchus maculatus and its parasitoid Anisopteromalus calandrae, with mathematical population models in order to investigate several fundamental metapopulation processes.
Thesis (2010): Insect Metapopulation Dynamics