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Publications

  1. Friman, V. P. , Guzman, L. M. , Reuman, D. C. , Bell, T. 2015. Bacterial adaptation to sublethal antibiotic gradients can change the ecological properties of multitrophic microbial communities. Proc. R. Soc. B 20142920
  2. Gogarten, J. , Guzman, M. , Chapman, C. A. , Jacob, A. L., Omeja, P. A., Rothmans, J. M. 2012. What is the predictive power of the colobine protein-to-fiber model and its conservation value. Tropical Conservation Science 381-393

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Laura Melissa Guzman

PhD Candidate

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Research area: Ecology
Supervisor: D. Srivastava
History: BSc McGill University
MRes Imperial College London

Understanding which processes determine food web stability is a major goal of ecology. At local scales, non-linearity in the functional response of a predator is known to stabilize the predator-prey interactions. At regional scales, some dispersal patterns have also been shown to stabilize predator-prey relationships. What is missing is an integration of these concepts within a metacommunity framework. Both of these processes can be coupled with body size, where body size can act as a predictor of both dispersal distances and attack rate from the predator. I will empirically measure both dispersal distances and functional responses for a natural metacommunity of aquatic invertebrates that inhabit bromeliad habitats and then use these estimates to inform a metacommunity model that explores the interplay between species differences in dispersal distances and functional responses of predators and prey.

Awards

2016

NSERC CGS-D

For Research

2016

UBC Four Year Doctoral Fellowship

For Research

2016

GoGlobal self-directed research

For Research

2015

Mitacs Globalink

For Research

2014

BRC Brite/Create Fellow

For Research

Last updated 17 May 2016