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: 104 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
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. Correction for Morris et al., Biotic and anthropogenic forces rival climatic/abiotic factors in determining global plant population growth and fitness., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117 no. 12 (March, 2020), pp. 6953 [doi] .
  2. Morris, WF; EhrlĂ©n, J; Dahlgren, JP; Loomis, AK; Louthan, AM, Biotic and anthropogenic forces rival climatic/abiotic factors in determining global plant population growth and fitness., Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 117 no. 2 (January, 2020), pp. 1107-1112 [doi]  [abs].
  3. Peterson, ML; Morris, W; Linares, C; Doak, D, Improving structured population models with more realistic representations of non-normal growth, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 10 no. 9 (September, 2019), pp. 1431-1444 [doi]  [abs].
  4. Waddle, E; Piedrahita, LR; Hall, ES; Kendziorski, G; Morris, WF; Peterson, ML; Doak, DF, Asynchrony in individual and subpopulation fecundity stabilizes reproductive output of an alpine plant population., Ecology, vol. 100 no. 4 (April, 2019), pp. e02639 [doi]  [abs].
  5. Peterson, ML; Doak, DF; Morris, WF, Incorporating local adaptation into forecasts of species' distribution and abundance under climate change., Global Change Biology, vol. 25 no. 3 (March, 2019), pp. 775-793 [doi]  [abs].

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