|Demography of species of conservation concern|
Christine Hunter, Stephanie Jenouvrier, Richard Lawler, Carly Strasser
Conservation is, in essence, a demographic problem. There is no endangered species that could not be transformed into a pest species by the application of a little positive exponential growth. Hence, understanding the growth potential, the factors that limit it, and the potential of management actions to influence it, are critical to conservation. My laboratory has a long tradition of producing demographic analysis of threatened or endangered species. I look for cases that are likely to lead to new theoretical or analytical developments, and where collaborators with interesting data sets can be found. Recent examples include
Recently, these projects have developed a focus on effects of climate change, described here as another project.
- the North Atlantic right whale
- the polar bear
- Verreaux's sifaka (a lemur; really cute)
- the emperor penguin
- several species of albatrosses and other seabirds
- endangered terrestrial plants, including Boltonia decurrens in the flood plain of the Illinois River, and Lomatium bradshawii in prairies in Oregon.