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The Rhythm of Africa: how life history traits affect dynamics of a fruit-feeding butterfly community

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While seasonal abundance fluctuations of insects are the norm in temperate regions, this is not necessarily so in the tropics. The 12 years of monthly monitoring of a fruit-feeding butterfly community conducted in Uganda, is among the longest in the tropics, and is augmented with species life history traits and phylogeny. I will highlight the most important results of community analyses (Ecosphere 2013), and then show results of phylogenetic independent contrast analyses of correlations between species temporal abundance patterns and life history traits. Finally, I will discuss how the multifaceted nature of insect abundance may be interpreted, and brought to bear on important questions, such as the relative importance of density dependence in tropical ecosystems, rates of evolution, and responses to climate change.

This talk is part of the Behaviour, Ecology & Evolution Seminar Series series.

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