Demography is a key component of population ecology. Perhaps the most fundamental population-ecological question is “why does this population occupy this place at this time”? This is an inherently demographical question, as it is dependent on the survival, fecundity and dispersal rates of organisms. These ecological questions are of particular importance in light of the current rapid global environmental change.
Within CPop we assess environmental effects on demographic rates and use environmentally explicit demographic population projection models to better understand the environmental drivers of the distribution and abundance of organisms. These assessments are crucial both to advance ecological theory and for conservation.