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PARKER Tim

  • Department of Biology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, United States of America
  • Behaviour & Ethology, Competition, Conservation biology, Demography, Evolutionary ecology, Experimental ecology, Life history, Meta-analyses, Preregistrations, Terrestrial ecology, Zoology
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EDUCATION Ph.D. Biology, University of New Mexico, with Distinction, 2002. M.S. Biology, Kansas State University, 1997. B.A. International Development, Clark University, 1992. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Associate Professor, Biol. Dept., Environmental Studies Prgrm., Whitman College, 2014 – present Visiting Associate Professor, Dept. of Biol. Sciences, Macquarie Univ., Australia, 2017 Chair, Biology Department, Whitman College, 2014 – 2016, 2017 - 2019 Director, Wallula Gap Biological Station, Biology Dept., Whitman College. 2010 – present Assistant Professor, Biology Dept., Environmental Studies Prgrm., Whitman College, 2008 – 2014 Visiting Assistant Professor, Research Associate, Biology Dept., Whitman College, 2007-2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Research Associate, Biology Dept., Whitman College, 2006-2007 Research Assistant Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, 2005-2006 NSF International Research Fellow, Oxford Univ. (UK), 2003-2004, Kansas State Univ., 2004-2005 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Kansas State University, 2002-2003

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06 Oct 2020
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Implementing a rapid geographic range expansion - the role of behavior and habitat changes

The role of behavior and habitat availability on species geographic expansion

Recommended by based on reviews by Pizza Ka Yee Chow, Caroline Marie Jeanne Yvonne Nieberding, Tim Parker and 1 anonymous reviewer

Understanding the relative importance of species-specific traits and environmental factors in modulating species distributions is an intriguing question in ecology [1]. Both behavioral flexibility (i.e., the ability to change the behavior in changing circumstances) and habitat availability are known to influence the ability of a species to expand its geographic range [2,3]. However, the role of each factor is context and species dependent and more information is needed to understand how these two factors interact.
In this pre-registration, Logan et al. [4] explain how they will use Great-tailed grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus), a species with a flexible behavior and a rapid geographic range expansion, to evaluate the relative role of habitat and behavior as drivers of the species’ expansion [4]. The authors present very clear hypotheses, predicted results and also include alternative predictions. The rationales for all the hypotheses are clearly stated, and the methodology (data and analyses plans) are described with detail. The large amount of information already collected by the authors for the studied species during previous projects warrants the success of this study. It is also remarkable that the authors will make all their data available in a public repository, and that the pre-registration in already stored in GitHub, supporting open access and reproducible science.
I agree with the three reviewers of this pre-registration about its value and I think its quality has largely improved during the review process. Thus, I am happy to recommend it and I am looking forward to seeing the results.

References

[1] Gaston KJ. 2003. The structure and dynamics of geographic ranges. Oxford series in Ecology and Evolution. Oxford University Press, New York.
[2] Sol D, Lefebvre L. 2000. Behavioural flexibility predicts invasion success in birds introduced to new zealand. Oikos. 90(3): 599–605. doi: https://doi.org/10.1034/j.1600-0706.2000.900317.x
[3] Hanski I, Gilpin M. 1991. Metapopulation dynamics: Brief history and conceptual domain. Biological journal of the Linnean Society. 42(1-2): 3–16. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8312.1991.tb00548.x
[4] Logan CJ, McCune KB, Breen A, Chen N, Lukas D. 2020. Implementing a rapid geographic range expansion - the role of behavior and habitat changes (http://corinalogan.com/Preregistrations/gxpopbehaviorhabitat.html) In principle acceptance by PCI Ecology of the version on 6 Oct 2020 https://github.com/corinalogan/grackles/blob/master/Files/Preregistrations/gxpopbehaviorhabitat.Rmd.

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PARKER Tim

  • Department of Biology, Whitman College, Walla Walla, United States of America
  • Behaviour & Ethology, Competition, Conservation biology, Demography, Evolutionary ecology, Experimental ecology, Life history, Meta-analyses, Preregistrations, Terrestrial ecology, Zoology
  • recommender

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Educational and work
EDUCATION Ph.D. Biology, University of New Mexico, with Distinction, 2002. M.S. Biology, Kansas State University, 1997. B.A. International Development, Clark University, 1992. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Associate Professor, Biol. Dept., Environmental Studies Prgrm., Whitman College, 2014 – present Visiting Associate Professor, Dept. of Biol. Sciences, Macquarie Univ., Australia, 2017 Chair, Biology Department, Whitman College, 2014 – 2016, 2017 - 2019 Director, Wallula Gap Biological Station, Biology Dept., Whitman College. 2010 – present Assistant Professor, Biology Dept., Environmental Studies Prgrm., Whitman College, 2008 – 2014 Visiting Assistant Professor, Research Associate, Biology Dept., Whitman College, 2007-2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor, Research Associate, Biology Dept., Whitman College, 2006-2007 Research Assistant Professor, Division of Biology, Kansas State University, 2005-2006 NSF International Research Fellow, Oxford Univ. (UK), 2003-2004, Kansas State Univ., 2004-2005 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Kansas State University, 2002-2003