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.
Japke is studying for a masters degree in Biology at the university of Leiden, the Netherlands. She is an ERASMUS programme student spending until summer 2016 in the group.
Her research project here in Oxford is about the impact of environmental factors and disturbances on the survival of endangered butterflies in the UK. She will study butterfly dynamics within a metacommunity context.