• Institute of Entomology, Laboratory of Theoretical Ecology, Biology Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic
  • Eco-evolutionary dynamics, Epidemiology, Population ecology, Theoretical ecology
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Ph.D. in applied mathematics; 18 years working in the field of theoretical ecology, specializing on population ecology, Allee effects, epidemiology and eco-evolutionary dynamics.

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A macro-ecological approach to predators' functional response
Matthieu Barbier, Laurie Wojcik, Michel Loreau

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A meta-analysis to infer generic predator functional response

Species interactions are classically derived from the law of mass action: the probability that, for example, a predation event occurs is proportional to the product of the density of the prey and predator species. In order to describe how predator and prey species populations grow, is then necessary to introduce functional response, describing the intake rate of a consumer as a function of food (e.g. prey) density.
Linear functional responses shapes are typically introduced in the ecologic...