Greg A Breed,
Assistant Professor - Quantitative Ecology
907-474-1835 | gabreed -replace- alaska.edu
Institute of Arctic Biology
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Fairbanks, AK 99775
Ecology and behaviour of
animals in space and
Research in our group focuses on the effects of an animal's
behaviour, movement, and dispersal on population dynamics and
ecological interactions. In practice, we spend a great deal of time
trying to understand how and why animals, from individuals to
populations, move. Movement is how animals interact with space and
time as they seek to exploit heterogeneously distributed resources
while minimizing risk. It is a multidimensional time-series
process, and creates interesting and difficult applied and
theoretical ecological problems. We try to balance the development
of new analytical and theoretical approaches with empirical
observations and manipulative experiments to address these problems.
In modern ecology, the science generally has a dual mission to both
understand and conserve, and so does our work. There are many ways these missions
interact, some are better than others, and just as many philosophies about how they should.
Personally, I think designing studies that probe basic ecology
provide the least biased and most nuanced understanding of an organism or an
ecosystem, and these insights lead to better conservation. Most of my work is on marine
species and ecosystems, and this work continues. But, I have always had favorite
taxa in the terrestrial world, and since most questions in ecology are not
system dependent, I have several lines of work on insects and terrestrial vertebrates.
Marine ecosystem structure & function, marine animal movement
and ecology, and marine conservation.
Butterfly ecology, movement, and dispersal. Predator-prey
dyanamics of wolves and caribou. Movement ecology of other terrestrial animals.
Come to the dark side; don't get a real job.
R, matlab, and WinBUGS scripts used in my published work
Some places I like to visit on the internet
Last update December 2014