Natalie Kerr

Postdoctoral Associate

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I’m a population ecologist that uses empirical and theoretical approaches to explore trade-offs, life history phenomena, and population dynamics of plants, insects, and social organisms. The primary focus of my research has been using novel techniques for data collection (e.g. RFID systems), data analysis (e.g. functional linear models), and model construction (e.g. voltinism models, structured population models) to investigate the effects of global change on insect and plant populations through a natural history lens. My research spans three areas: life history evolution, comparative demography, and global change biology.

Ramula, Satu, Natalie Z. Kerr, and Elizabeth E. Crone. “Using statistics to design and estimate vital rates in matrix population models for a perennial herb.” Population Ecology 62, no. 1 (January 2020): 53–63. Full Text

Iles, D. T., G. Pugesek, N. Z. Kerr, N. N. Dorian, and E. E. Crone. “Accounting for imperfect detection in species with sessile life cycle stages: a case study of bumble bee nests.” Journal of Insect Conservation 23, no. 5–6 (December 1, 2019): 945–55. Full Text

Kerr, Natalie Z., Elizabeth E. Crone, and Neal M. Williams. “Integrating vital rates explains optimal worker size for resource return by bumblebee workers.” Functional Ecology 33, no. 3 (March 2019): 467–78. Full Text

Kerr, Natalie Z., Peter W. J. Baxter, Roberto Salguero-Gómez, Glenda M. Wardle, and Yvonne M. Buckley. “Prioritizing management actions for invasive populations using cost, efficacy, demography and expert opinion for 14 plant species world-wide.” Journal of Applied Ecology 53, no. 2 (April 2016): 305–16. Full Text