Species Diversity in a Fractal World

I was very lucky to join a team of aquatic ecologists (Barbara Downes, Jill Lancaster, Rebecca Lester and Georgia Dwyer) and fluvial geomorphologist (Stephen Rice) on an Australian Research Council grant over the last few years. The project addressed interesting questions such as ‘How do emergent rocks numbers (in rivers) vary through time?’ and ‘Are emergent rocks fractal?’
See: https://barbaradownes.wordpress.com/current-projects/species-diversity-in-a-fractal-world/species-diversity-in-a-fractal-world/.

Some of the outputs include (full list on Barbara Downes’ webpage):

  • Lancaster J., Rice S.R., Slater L., Lester R.E. and Downes B.J. (2021) Hydrological controls on oviposition habitat are associated with egg-laying phenology of some caddisflies. Freshwater Biology
  • Dwyer, G.K., Cummings, C.R., Rice, S.P., Lancaster, J., Downes, B.J., Slater, L. and Lester, R.E, Using fractals to describe ecologically-relevant patterns in distributions of large rocks in streams (in revision)