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Wednesday, September 21 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Incorporating animal movement into ecosystem models

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Top-down control by consumers through consumption, injury, and risk effects are well-studied and well-incorporated into our understanding of food webs. Emerging evidence demonstrates that animals also have the potential to generate bottom-up effects through nutrient subsidies based on regeneration and transport. But these types of effects on biogeochemical processes and nutrient cycling are less-understood and less-integrated with ecosystem models. In this workshop, we plan to collect and synthesize examples of animal-mediated nutrient transport and potentially other mechanisms by which animal movement affects food webs including published work from long-term ecological research. We envision interested workshop participants collaborating with organizers on a conceptual manuscript highlighting case studies and outlining next directions for enhancing the spatiotemporal modeling of ecosystems by incorporating patterns, rates, and consequences of animal movement and nutrient transport.

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Bradley Strickland

Post-doctoral Research Associate, Virginia Institute of Marine Science

Wednesday September 21, 2022 3:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
08. Scripps Meeting Room