Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics

Photographer: Romain Richard

dr. R.C.J. (Romain) Richard

Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Faculty of Science
    Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics
  • Visiting address
    Science Park A
    Science Park 904  
  • Postal address:
    Postbus  94248
    1090 GE  Amsterdam

My research is centered on structured population dynamics, and especially, in investigating the ecological and evolutionary consequences of the feedback loop between individual life history and population growth. In many natural systems, the life history expressed by individuals (fecundity, mortality and development) is inexorably tied to the dynamics of their population. Population growth begets density dependence, often in the form of resource limitation, which translates to the individual level through reduced fecundity, increased mortality and/or slower development. I am investigating the implications of this feedback loop between individual and population processes using a blend of theory and experimentation. My current research aims to integrate stoichiometric considerations in structured population dynamics (or vice-versa): individuals in different states of development may have different nutrient requirements, which directly leads to the singular idea that the growth of a population may be limited simultaneously by several nutrients. Besides that, I have a keen interest for predator-prey interactions in general. My previous works involved studying Daphnia life history and population dynamics, biological control in agroforestry systems, and the behavioral ecology of parasitoid wasps.

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