Dr. Damaris Zurell
Please note that I recently moved to Humboldt-University Berlin as an Emmy Noether research group leader and only remain at WSL as a guest.
More information on my personal website.
I am fascinated by the question why species and individuals are where they are, how they get there and how they manage to sustain. In my work, I combine ecological theory, statistical and mechanistic modelling approaches, and empirical data. My research covers several scales and studies drivers of broad-scale species distributions, population dynamics as well as individual fitness, and how these are affected by inter- and intraspecific interactions. More recently, I also became interested in understanding and modelling the evolution of life-history characteristics, especially in migratory species.
- climate change impacts on biodiversity
- macroecology: species distribution and composition, biotic interactions, range dynamics
- animal movement ecology and spatial ecology: optimal behaviour, individual fitness and population dynamics
- methods include statistical species distribution modelling, spatially explicit dynamic population modelling, individual-based modelling