Priyanga                       Amarasekare

Priyanga Amarasekare

Professor

email:   amarasek@eeb.ucla.edu
phone:  206-1366
office:  Botany Building 320
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Recent Courses

EE BIOL 122 - Ecology
EE BIOL 194B - Research Group or Internship Seminars: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
EE BIOL 200B - Ecology


Research Interests

My research focuses on how the interplay between abiotic environmental variation and biotic interactions influences ecological and evolutionary dynamics. It seeks to explain patterns of dynamics and diversity that are observed in nature, and to predict how such patterns may change under perturbations to the abiotic and biotic environment. I use a combination of field observations, manipulative experiments and mathematical models. The distinctive features of my work are the strong mechanistic focus and the tight integration between theory and data. My work is also broad, spanning investigations of the interplay between biotic interactions and temporal variation on the one hand, with temperature as the axis of abiotic variation, and biotic interactions and spatial variation on the other, with dispersal as a mechanism for sampling spatial heterogeneity.


Selected Publications

Amarasekare, P., "The evolution of dispersal in a multi-trophic community context", Oikos, 125 : 514-525 (2016) .

Johnson, C., R. Coutinho, E. Berlin, K. Dolphin, J. Heyer, B. Kim, A. Leung, J. Sabellon and P. Amarasekare., "Effects of temperature and resource variation on insect population dynamics: the bordered plant bug as a case study", Functional Ecology, 125 : - (2016) [link].

Borrelli, J., S. Allesina, P. Amarasekare, R. Arditi, I. Chase, J. Damuth, R. D. Holt, D. O. Logofet, M. Novak, R. P. Rohr, A. G. Rossberg, M. Spencer, J. K. Tran, and L. R. Ginzburg, "Selection on stability across ecological scales", Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 30 : 417-425 (2015) .

Okamoto, K., B. Langerhans, R. Rashid and P. Amarasekare., "Microevolutionary patterns in the common caiman predict macroevolutionary trends across extant crocodilians", Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 116 : 834-846 (2015) .

Johnson, C.J. and Amarasekare, P., "A metric for predicting the oscillatory tendency of consumer-resource interactions", The American Naturalist, 185 : 87-99 (2015) .

Amarasekare, P., and R. Coutinho, "Effects of temperature on intra-specific competition in ectotherms", The American Naturalist, 184 : 50-65 (2014) .

Okamoto, K., P. Amarasekare and I. Petty, "Modelling oncolytic virotherapy: is complete tumour-tropism too much of a good thing?", Journal of Theoretical Biology, 358 : 166-178 (2014) .

Kidd, D., and P. Amarasekare, "The role of transient dynamics in biological pest control: insights from a host-parasitoid community", Journal of Animal Ecology, 81 : 47-57 (2012) .

Bolnick, D., P. Amarasekare, M. Araujo, R. Burger, J. M. Levine, M. Novak, V.H.W. Rudolf, S.J. Schreiber, M. C. Urban and D. A. Vasseur, "Why intraspecific trait variation matters in community ecology", Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 1345 : 1-10 (2011) .

Vasseur, D., P. Amarasekare, V. Rudolf and J. Levine, "Eco-evolutionary dynamics enable coexistence via neighbor-dependent selection", The American Naturalist, 178 : 96-109 (2011) .