Dr Thomson, David Lindsay
I joined the University of Hong Kong in 2009 and have since been striving to understand, and to help others understand, how wildlife populations respond and adapt to environmental change. The principles of population biology share much in common with the principles of evolutionary biology, indeed the same demographic processes of birth and death which govern the spread of populations through environments also govern the spread of genes through populations. Wildlife populations respond to environmental change because environments affect their survival and their reproductive success. Wildlife populations adapt to environmental change because some individuals have genes which better allow them to survive and reproduce in the changed environment. We need to understand environments, population processes and adaptation, and we need to test our ideas through analysis, estimation and modeling, so I aim to work across disciplines, blending ideas from ecology, evolutionary biology, demography, statistics and mathematics. This web-site will introduce you to my research, teaching, and other activities in this field.
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