Population Biology of Natural Systems
Population biologists are concerned with how sets of individuals interact with their environments and, in turn, how such interactions are mediated by genetic processes. Without a fundamental grasp of the basic ecology of the individual species that interact to form biologically meaningful associations at various spatial and temporal scales, little can be done to predict the behavior of even the simplest biological systems. Given the fundamental importance of population processes to other levels of ecological study, it is not surprising that most of the faculty associated with PICES, from disciplines such as genetics, biology, ecology, statistics, toxicology, and epidemiology, focus a large portion of their research at the population level. The core of population ecology expertise represented across the PICES faculty provides the basic underlying foundation upon which all other endeavors undertaken by the Center are built.