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This list is incomplete and will be updated during the course. Most recent update is 11/5 2009

Week 18 Intermediate disturbance. SEMINAR 30/4


Katriona Shea, Stephen H. Roxburgh and Emily S. J.Rauschert. 2004. Moving from pattern to process: coexistence mechanisms under intermediate disturbance regimes. Ecology Letters, 7:491-508

Connell, J.H. Diversity in Tropical Rain Forests and Coral Reefs. 1978. Science, 199:1302-1310

Week 19 Optimal foraging. SEMINAR 7/5


  • McNickle, G. and Cahill, J. F. 2009.  Plant root growth and the marginal value theorem. PNAS, 106(12): 4747-4751.  http://www.pnas.org/content/106/12/4747

  • Smallegange I. M., Hidding, B.,   Eppenga, J.M.A., van der Meer, J., 2008. Optimal foraging and risk of claw damage: How flexible are shore crabs in their prey size selectivity?   Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 367: 157–163



Petchey, O.L., Beckerman, A. P., Riede, J. O. and Warren , P. H., 2008.   Size, foraging, and food web structure

PNAS 105:4191-4196.   http://www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0710672105    

Sih, A. and Christensen, B., 2001. Optimal diet theory: when does it work, and when and why does it fail? Animal Behaviour 61:379-390.  

Week 20 Landscape history and extinctions + metapopulation ecology SEMINARS 13/5 AND 15/5

Landscape - ALL:

  • Cowlishaw, G. 1999. Predicting the Pattern of Decline of African Primate Diversity: an Extinction Debt from Historical Deforestation. Conservation Biology, 13: 1183–1193.

  • Vellend, M., Verheyen, K., Jacquemyn, H., Kolb, A., Van Calster, H., Peterken, G., and Hermy, M. 2006. Extinction debt of forest plants persists for more than a century following habitat fragmentation. Ecology, 87(3): 542–548   http://www.jstor.org/stable/20068974


Lindborg, R. and Eriksson, O. 2004. HISTORICAL LANDSCAPE CONNECTIVITY AFFECTS PRESENT PLANT SPECIES DIVERSITY. Ecology, 85(7): 1840–1845     http://www.jstor.org/stable/3450357

Metapopulation - ALL:

  • Hanski, I. and Gilpin, M. 1991. Metapopulation dynamics: brief history and conceptual domain. Biological Journal of the Linnean Sociely, 42: 3-16

  • Thomas, C. and Hanski, I. Butterfly metapopulations. In:   … (eds). Metapopulation Biology, chpt 15. Academic Press. Pp. 359-386.


Bulman, C. R., Wilson , R.J., Holt, A.R., Bravo, L.G. Early, R.I., Warren, M.S. and Thomas, C.D. 2007. Minimum viable metapopulation size, extinction debt and the conservation of a declining species. Ecological Applications, 17(5):1460–1473

Week 21 Community structure and extinction SEMINAR 20/5



Sabo, J. L. 2008. Population viability and species interactions: Life outside the single-species vacuum. Biological Conservation, 141:276-286.   Download from http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00063207

Soulé, M. E., Estes, J. A., Berger, J. and Martinez del Rio , C. 2003. Ecological Effectiveness: Conservation Goals for Interactive Species. Conservation Biology, 17(5): 1238–1250. Download from


Week 22 Plant competition and establishment. SEMINAR 27/5



Her own choice from a competition and establishment “Smörgåsbord”.

Week 23

Ecological effects of global warming. SEMINAR 1/6


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