William F. Morris, Professor  

William F. Morris

Bill Morris studies the population ecology of plants and insects (both herbivores and pollinators). Current projects include: the population dynamic consequences of constitutive and inducible resistance in plants, the maintenance of mutualistic interactions between flowering plants and nectar-robbing pollinators, the use of population-level attributes to detect biotic responses to ongoing environmental changes, and the use of mathematical models to assess viability of threatened and endangered populations. The common thread uniting these projects is that they combine field experiments and mathematical models to study population dynamics in natural and managed systems.

Education:
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1990
B.S., Cornell University, 1983

Office Location: 254 Biological Sciences Building
Office Phone: (919) 684-5257
Email Address: wfmorris@duke.edu

Specialties:
Ecology and Population Biology

Research Categories: Population ecology, mutualism, plant-insect interations, life-history adaptations to stochastic environments, theoretical ecology, conservation ecology

Research Description: Bill Morris studies the population ecology of plants and insects (both herbivores and pollinators). Current projects include: the population dynamic consequences of constitutive and inducible resistance in plants, the maintenance of mutualistic interactions between flowering plants and nectar-robbing pollinators, the use of population-level attributes to detect biotic responses to ongoing environmental changes, and the use of mathematical models to assess viability of threatened and endangered populations. The common thread uniting these projects is that they combine field experiments and mathematical models to study population dynamics in natural and managed systems.

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Himes Boor, GK; Schultz, CB; Crone, EE; Morris, WF, Mechanism matters: the cause of fluctuations in boom-bust populations governs optimal habitat restoration strategy., Ecological Applications : a Publication of the Ecological Society of America, vol. 28 no. 2 (March, 2018), pp. 356-372 [doi]  [abs].
  2. Canelles, Q; Saura-Mas, S; Brotons, L; GarcĂ­a, MB; Lloret, F; Villellas, J; Morris, WF, Environmental stress effects on reproduction and sexual dimorphism in the gynodioecious species Silene acaulis, Environmental and Experimental Botany, vol. 146 (February, 2018), pp. 27-33 [doi] .
  3. Louthan, AM; Pringle, RM; Goheen, JR; Palmer, TM; Morris, WF; Doak, DF, Aridity weakens population-level effects of multiple species interactions on Hibiscus meyeri., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115 no. 3 (January, 2018), pp. 543-548 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Peterson, ML; Doak, DF; Morris, WF, Both life-history plasticity and local adaptation will shape range-wide responses to climate warming in the tundra plant Silene acaulis., Global Change Biology (November, 2017) [doi]  [abs].
  5. Campos, FA; Morris, WF; Alberts, SC; Altmann, J; Brockman, DK; Cords, M; Pusey, A; Stoinski, TS; Strier, KB; Fedigan, LM, Does climate variability influence the demography of wild primates? Evidence from long-term life-history data in seven species., Global Change Biology, vol. 23 no. 11 (November, 2017), pp. 4907-4921 [doi]  [abs].

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