Background: The owl limpet (Lottia gigantea) is an ectothermic invertebrate that inhabits
the rocky intertidal zone where it territorially defends home ranges and grazes algae growing
on the rocks. Among endothermic species, home range scales isometrically with body mass.
Hypothesis: Home range area scales isometrically (scaling exponent ∼1.0) across individuals...
Long-term data sets that quantitatively confirm basic ecological theory are rare for field
populations. Highly variable recruitment often causes wide temporal variation in population
age distribution and basic theory for adaptive sex ratio often predicts ‘sex ratio tracking’ to
match the fluctuating age distribution. Using sex-changing shrimp as a model...
Question: Are there general life-history rules for exploitation-caused extinction of mammal populations?
Mathematical methods: A population of size N faced with the added mortality of human exploitation will deterministically go extinct if its per-capita birth rate can no longer match its per-capita mortality rate as N approaches zero. We develop...