My research aims to understand the spatiotemporal dynamics of biodiversity at various hierarchical levels (genotypes, populations, species and communities). To this end, I study how biodiversity dynamics arise from fundamental demographic processes (birth, death and dispersal of organisms), and how these demographic processes are in turn coupled with evolutionary processes and biotic interactions. Much of my work is motivated by the need to quantify and forecast ecological and evolutionary dynamics under environmental change. To address my research objectives, I use statistical methods that quantitatively integrate theory- and process-based models with various types of data.
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Selected recent publications:
Schurr,F.M., Pagel,J., Cabral,J.S., Groeneveld,J., Bykova,O., O’ Hara,R.B., Hartig,F., Kissling,W.D., Linder,H.P., Midgley,G.F., Schröder,B., Singer,A. & Zimmermann,N.E. (2012) How to understand species’ niches and range dynamics: a demographic research agenda for biogeography. Journal of Biogeography, 39, 2146–2162.
Pagel,J. & Schurr,F.M. (2012) Forecasting species ranges by statistical estimation of ecological niches and spatial population dynamics. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 21, 293-304.
Lachmuth,S., Durka,W. & Schurr.F.M. (2011) Differentiation of reproductive and competitive ability in the invaded range of Senecio inaequidens: the role of genetic Allee-effects, adaptive and non-adaptive evolution. New Phytologist, 192, 529–541.
Nathan,R., Horvitz,N., He,Y., Kuparinen,A., Schurr,F.M. & Katul,G. (2011) Spread of North American wind-dispersed trees in future environments. Ecology Letters, 14, 211-219.
Cabral, J.S. & Schurr, F.M. (2010) Estimating demographic models for the range dynamics of plant species. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 19, 85-97.