About this Research Topic
This Research Topic will explore new perspectives and emerging directions in functional response research, reflect on underappreciated or poorly understood mechanisms, review best practices in model fitting and study design, and highlight challenges faced by contemporary ecologists as they seek to balance model parsimony with attempts to preserve ecological realism. A broader goal of this Research Topic is to promote dialogue and sustained interest among field biologists, mathematical theoreticians and laboratory empiricists who share an ongoing curiosity about this important area of investigation. The Research Topic will assemble contributions from leading experts and early career researchers who are active in the areas of population ecology, theoretical ecology, behavioral ecology, conservation biology, and ecological statistics.
We encourage submissions on the topic of the ‘functional response’ that address any of the themes identified above. We are seeking a mixture of empirical papers, review articles, and perspective pieces. Similarly, we are looking for contributions from theoreticians, laboratory empiricists, and field biologists. Review articles may seek to cover analytical approaches, study design considerations, or thematic topics (e.g., multi-prey functional response models, interference mechanisms, functional responses in host-parasite or plant-herbivore systems). Perspective pieces that highlight underappreciated or poorly understood mechanisms, and / or articulate future directions for functional response research are encouraged. Articles simply characterizing the functional response shape for a given predator-prey system will be given lower priority unless they explicitly: 1) reflect on underappreciated or poorly understood mechanisms, or 2) illustrate key principles associated with best practices in model fitting, study design, or interpretation. To the fullest extent possible, articles should touch on broader implications of the work, such as population-level implications of functional responses or the importance of functional responses in biological control or conservation biology. Inquiries about topic suitability can be directed to Thomas Hossie (email@example.com) and Dennis Murray (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Keywords: Population ecology, predator-prey, predation, density dependence, consumptive effects
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