Research Interests

Bridging micro- & macroevolution
Macroevolutionary dynamics
Transient demography
How does natural and anthropogenic disturbance change human population growth? In this Wellcome Trust funded project, we will construct a database of momentum, inertia and other transient dynamic metrics in human populations on a city, regional, national, continental and global scale. The data will be interrogated to dissect the demographic, environmental and social drivers of human transient dynamics. This research will provide insights into the drivers of short- and long-term population growth, elucidating how world wars, global pandemics, revolutions, catastrophic floods, political acts and social change shape societal responses to contemporary events. We will contribute to the much-needed evidence base on the dangers and benefits that momentum poses for population health in the 21st century. 
The project builds on an earlier Journal of Applied Ecology paper which proposes transient sensitivity analysis to better reconcile population management objectives with the analysis used to inform them. 
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