Food Web Evolutionary Ecology
We study the ecology and evolution of generalist predators and their role in complex networks of interactions as well as how these interactions affect the subsequent ecology and evolution of predators and their prey.
On the ecological side, we are particularly interested in how water availability (rainfall) affects predato-prey interactions, food web structure and dynamics and associated ecosystem functions: leaf litter decomposition. As rainfall patterns are changing across the Globe, this topic may have strong implications for climate change.
To address these questions we combine computer simulation with field and laboratory experiments.