Suggested References for Class Presentations


Spring 2017 – Dr Steve Malcolm



Topic and References



11 Jan.

Birth and Death


1)    Varley, G.C., G.R. Gradwell & M.P. Hassell. 1973. Insect Population Ecology: An analytical approach.  Oxford: Blackwell. (chapter 7)




1) Steve Malcolm

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25 Jan.

Intraspecific Competition


2)    Weiner, J. 1990. Asymmetric competition in plant populations. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 5(11): 360-364.




2) Steve Malcolm

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1 Feb.


The Logistic Equation and Population Modeling


3) Summarize the following dialog in Trends in Ecology & Evolution: (TREE).

   i)  Ginzburg, L.R. 1992. Evolutionary consequences of basic growth equations. TREE 7(4): 133.

   ii) Olson, M.H./ A. Watkinson/ A. Mackenzie/ T.P. Young/ A.A. Berryman. 1992. Intuition and the logistic equation. TREE 7(9): 314-316.

   iii) Ginzburg, L. 1992. Reply from L. Ginzburg. TREE 7(9): 316-317.

   iv) Turchin, P./ W.M. Getz/ D.E. Taneyhill. 1993. The logistic equation revisited: final instalment. TREE 8(2): 68-70.

   v) Ginzburg, L. 1993. Reply from L. Ginzburg. TREE 8(2): 70-71.




3) Steve Malcolm

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8 Feb.


Interspecific Competition


4)    Livdahl, T.P., & M.S. Willey. 1991. Prospects for an invasion: competition between Aedes albopictus and native Aedes triseriatus. Science 253: 189-191.




4) Heather Kasper




15 Feb.


Predation and Predatory Behavior


5) Rosenzweig, M.L., and R.H. MacArthur. 1963. Graphical representation and stability conditions of predator-prey interactions. The American Naturalist 97: 209-223.




5) Michael Monaco



22 Feb.


Dynamics of Predation


6) Berryman, A.A. 1992. The origins and evolution of predator-prey theory. Ecology 73(5): 1530-1535.




6) Kenny Risner



1 Mar.


Parasitism and Herbivory


7) Foster, M.A., J.C. Schultz, & M.D. Hunter. 1992. Modelling gypsy moth-virus-leaf chemistry interactions: implications of plant quality for pest and pathogen dynamics. Journal of Animal Ecology 61: 509-520.




7) John Tagett







15 Mar.


Decomposers, Detritivores & Mutualists


8) Ringel, M.S., H.H. Hu & G. Anderson. 1996. The stability and persistence of mutualisms embedded in community interactions. Theoretical Population Biology 50: 281-297. (see pp 406-7 in Begon et al. 2006).




8) Nate Seymour



22 Mar.


Life History Variation


9) Reznick, D., M.J. Butler IV, and H. Rodd. 2001. Lifehistory evolution in guppies. VII. The comparative ecology of highand lowpredation environments. The American Naturalist, 157(2): 126-140.

(also Endler, J.A. 1995. Multiple-trait coevolution and environmental gradients in guppies. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 10(1): 22-29.)




9) Jake Gajewski





29 Mar.


Abundance & Metapopulations


10) Hanski, I., T. Pakkala, M. Kuussaari & G. Lei. 1995. Metapopulation persistence of an endangered butterfly in a fragmented landscape. Oikos 72: 21-28.




10) Steve Malcolm




5 Apr.


Manipulating Abundance & Risk Assessment


11) Milner-Gulland, E.J., & H.R. Akćakaya. 2001. Sustainability indices for exploited populations. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 16(12): 686-692


(Possibly also include: Cheung, W.W.L., T.J. Pitcher and D. Pauly. 2005. A fuzzy logic expert system to estimate intrinsic extinction vulnerabilities of marine fisheries to fishing. Biological Conservation 124: 97-111)




11) Jonathan Eiseman






12 Apr.


Community Structure


12) Hairston, N.G., F.E. Smith & L.B. Slobodkin. 1960. Community structure, population control, and competition. The American Naturalist 94: 421-425.

See also: Murdoch, W.W. 1966. “Community structure, population control, and competition” – a critique. The American Naturalist 100: 219-226.




12) Michael Martin



19 Apr.

Roles of Competition, Predation & Disturbance


13) Hunter, M.D., G.C. Varley & G.R. Gradwell. 1997. Estimating the relative roles of top-down and bottom-up forces on insect herbivore populations: A classic study revisited. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 94: 9176-9181.




13) Steve Malcolm







Other classical, relevant papers:


Carey, J.R., P. Liedo, D. Orozco, & J.W. Vaupel. 1992. Slowing of mortality rates at older ages in large medfly cohorts. Science 258: 457-461.


Crawley, M.J. 1989. Insect herbivores and plant population dynamics. Annual Review of Entomology 34: 531-564.


Crawley, M.J., R.S. Hails, M. Rees, D. Kohn, & J. Buxton. 1993. Ecology of transgenic oilseed rape in natural habitats. Nature 363: 620-623.

(Note: include the commentary by Peter Kareiva on pp 580-581 of the same issue of Nature).


Crawley, M.J., S.L. Brown, R.S. Hails, D.D. Kohn, & M. Rees. 2001. Transgenic crops in natural habitats. Nature 409: 682-683.


and see,

Gurevitch, J., and S.L. Collins. 1994. Experimental manipulation of natural plant communities. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9(3): 94-98.


Curtsinger, J.W., H.H. Fukui, D.R. Townsend, & J.W. Vaupel. 1992. Demography of genotypes: failure of the limited life-span paradigm in Drosophila melanogaster. Science 258: 461-463.

Letters in response to these 2 papers in Science 260: 1565-1569 (11 June 1993).

Technical Comments in response to these 2 papers in Science 260: 1664-1667 (11 June 1993).


Deevey, E.S. 1947. Life tables for natural populations of animals. Quarterly Review of Biology 22: 283-314.


Elkin, C.M., & H. Possingham. 2008. The role of landscape-dependent disturbance and dispersal in metapopulation persistence. The American Naturalist 172: 563-575.


Godfray, H.C.J., & S.W. Pacala. 1992. Aggregation and the population dynamics of parasitoids and predators. The American Naturalist 140: 30-40.

(Also read the following paper on Aggregation and stability in metapopulation models in this issue of Am Nat on pages 41-58 by Murdoch, Briggs, Nisbet, Gurney & Stewart-Oaten)


Goldberg, D.E., & A.M. Barton. 1992. Patterns and consequences of interspecific competition in natural communities: a review of field experiments with plants. The American Naturalist 139: 771-801


Grenfell, B.T. 1992. Parasitism and the dynamics of ungulate grazing systems. The American Naturalist 139: 907-929.


Hanski, I. 1994. Patch-occupancy dynamics in fragmented landscapes. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9(4): 131-135.


Hassell, M.P., R.M. May, S.W. Pacala, & P. Chesson. 1991. The persistence of host-parasitoid associations in patchy environments. I. A general criterion. The American Naturalist 138: 568-583.


Holmes, E.C., and G.P. Garnett. 1994. Genes, trees and infections: molecular evidence in epidemiology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9(7): 256-260.  (See also, Harvey, P.H., & S. Nee. 1994. Phylogenetic epidemiology lives. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 9(10): 361-363.


Hunter, M.D., & P.W. Price. 1992. Playing chutes and ladders: heterogeneity and the relative roles of bottom-up and top-down forces in natural communities. Ecology 73(3): 724-732.


Huston, M. 1979. A general hypothesis of species diversity. The American Naturalist 113: 81-101.


Jeffries, M.J., & J.H. Lawton. 1984. Enemy-free space and the structure of ecological communities. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 23: 269-286.


Kareiva, P. 1986. Habitat fragmentation and the stability of predator-prey interactions. Nature  326: 388-390.


Pacala, S.W., & M.P. Hassell. 1991. The persistence of host-parasitoid associations in patchy environments. II. Evaluation of field data. The American Naturalist 138: 584-605.


Pacala, S.W., M.P. Hassell, & R.M. May. 1990. Host-parasitoid associations in patchy environments. Nature 374: 150-153.


Rees, M., & M.J. Long. 1992. Germination biology and the ecology of annual plants. The American Naturalist 139: 484-508.


Reznick, D. 1982. The impact of predation on life history evolution in Trinidadian guppies: genetic basis of observed life history patterns. Evolution 36(6): 1236-1250.


Reznick, D.N., M.J. Bryant, D. Roff, C.K. Ghalambor, and D.E. Ghalambor. 2004. Effect of extrinsic mortality on the evolution of senescence in guppies. Nature 431(7012): 1095-1099.


Sakai, A.N., F.W. Allendorf, J.S. Holt, D.M. Lodge, J. Molofsky, K.A. With, S. Baughman, R.J. Cabin, J.E. Cohen, N.C. Ellstrand, D.E. McCauley, P. O’Neil, I.M. Parker, J.N. Thompson, & S.G. Weller. 2001. The population biology of invasive species. Annual Review of Ecology and Systematics 32: 305-332.


Simberloff, D., I.M. Parker, & P.N. Windle. 2005. Introduced species policy, management and future research needs. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 3: 12-20.


Stearns, S.C. 1976. Life history tactics: A review of the ideas. Quarterly Review of Biology 51: 3-47.


Stearns, S.C. 1992. The Evolution of Life Histories. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (Read chapters 1 & 2, and the Discussions of Parts I & II on pages 115-119 & 206-211.


Thomas, S.C., & F.A. Bazzaz. 1993. The genetic component in plant size hierarchies: norms of reaction to density in a Polygonum species. Ecological Monographs 63(3): 231-249.


Westphal, M.I., M. Pickett, W.M. Getz, & H.P. Possingham. 2003. The use of stochastic dynamic programming in optimal landscape reconstruction for metapopulatons. Ecological Applications 13: 543-555.