Predator-Prey Dynamics Conference 2016 - a PeerJ Collection

Yellowstone wolves chasing a bull elk. Photo by Doug Smith, National Park Service

On April 5th to 7th, 2016, the Columbia Mountains Institute of Applied Ecology hosted its first “Predator-Prey Dynamics: From Theory to Management” conference at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, in British Columbia, Canada. Over 130 people attended including delegates from South Africa, Germany, Canada, and the United States.

Predation is one of the most fundamental interactions in ecology because it is a primary mechanism of energy transfer among trophic levels. People also consider predation to be fascinating because it is dramatic and invokes images of life-and death situations. But from a scientific perspective, the effects of predation on prey populations are continually debated in the literature, even within a specific study system. Is predation compensatory (i.e. animals would have died anyway, were they not eaten), is it limiting (does it reduce the number of prey), or even regulating (is it dependent on the density of prey)?

Through a keynote address, 3 days of presentations, computer modelling workshops, a poster session and a field-trip, the "Predator-Prey Dynamics" conference provided a cutting-edge opportunity for scientists, managers, students, guide-outfitters and hunters to share results of recent research on predator-prey dynamics in the Columbia Mountains region and elsewhere.

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