ESA 2012 preview: talks to see on Monday (UPDATED)

Kidding in my previous preview post aside, not all the good talks at the ESA meeting are on Friday. Here’s what I’m planning to see on Monday, subsequent posts will cover Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

As always, this list reflects my own interests and goals. At this meeting, my goal is to hear the latest work on demographic stochasticity and demographic heterogeneity (aka “variation on which selection can act”) and how they affect community dynamics. So these suggestions are only likely to be useful to the extent that you share my interests and goals.

In a change from past practice, I’m just going to list every talk I’d like to see, mostly without commentary. I don’t have time to do full paragraph previews of every single talk. And I’ve gotten some feedback that people find my “raw” suggestions on what to see more useful than explanations for why I want to see them. I have the impression that people mostly use these posts to fill gaps in their schedules and so aren’t too bothered about the whys and wherefores–they just want suggestions on what to do besides browse the publishers’ booths. But if you prefer the old way, let me know in the comments.

I haven’t listed posters not because I’m not planning to see the posters, but because there are no time conflicts to resolve when it comes to seeing posters.


1:30: Justin Marleau on the effects of spatial configuration on metaecosystem dynamics.

1:30: Gordon Fox (no relation) on how to think about demographic heterogeneity

1:30: Karen Abbott on why alternate stable states are nothing special

1:30: Jon Levine on spatial spread across heterogeneous landscapes

2:30: Simon Stump on how generalist predators can quite easily inhibit rather than promote prey coexistence. I love talks that force people to stop and think about the conventional wisdom.

2:50: James Watson on stochastic connectivity in marine metapopulations. A recommendation from FODE Robin Snyder.

3:20: Yue Lin on allometric scaling and trade-offs in plant birth and mortality rates, and their links to neutral theory. I know that’s not at all what the title says, but the title doesn’t really give you a sense of what the talk is about.

3:20: Vinicius Farjalla on ecological determinism as a function of body size in container-dwelling organisms

3:20: Antonio Golubski on how to model interaction modifications in food webs. Related in different ways to my talk, and to my student Colin Olito’s talk (see subsequent posts).

3:20: Kim Cuddington on autocorrelated environmental variation and invasion risk

UPDATE: 3:40: Brett Melbourne on how spatial environmental heterogeneity actually reduces variation in rates of spatial spread. Looks like a really nice example of using microcosms not just to test and reject existing theory, but to reveal unexpected results that inspire new theory.

4:20: Megan Donahue on spatial variation in coral demography

4:20: Andrew Allstadt on use of temporal variation in population and climatic synchrony to identify whether the latter causes the former.

4:40: Geoff Legault on dispersal rate and spatial synchrony of predator-prey cycles. Geoff’s my student, but this would be on my schedule even if he weren’t.

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