Aquatic Food Web Ecology Lab, Dalhousie University

Research in the Aquatic Food Web Ecology Lab based at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, focuses on the consequences of biodiversity loss to the functioning and stability of aquatic food webs. All of our work is done in a food web context, which means that its not just the numbers of species that we are interested in, but also the structure of the food webs in which those species are embedded. Most of our work is done in aquatic microcosms, small container ecosystems in which we can assemble food webs and then subject them to various types of disturbance regimes . We also use mathematical models to run "in silico" experiments, otherwise known as computer simulations, to study problems that are too complex or just not possible to conduct in natural systems.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Ecological Modelling Conference at Lake Garda

Network scientists sure know where to hold a conference. Just got back from 7th ECEM (European Conference on Ecological Modelling) which was held in Riva del Garda, Italy, from 30 May to 2 June 2011. Many thanks to Ferenc Jordan for organizing the conference and to Mike Fowler for the blog kudos on my talk (Devious topological strategies and stabilty in complex networks). The conference would not have been the same if Jurek Kolasa, Amrei Binzer, and Andrew Davies hadn't been there. Awesome science-schmooze.

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