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Natalie Kerr

Assistant Research Professor of Biology

Selected Publications


Journal Article QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGY · 2022 Cite

Larger workers outperform smaller workers across resource environments: An evaluation of demographic data using functional linear models.

Journal Article Ecology and evolution · March 2021 Behavior and organization of social groups is thought to be vital to the functioning of societies, yet the contributions of various roles within social groups toward population growth and dynamics have been difficult to quantify. A common approach to quant ... Full text Cite

Developmental trap or demographic bonanza? Opposing consequences of earlier phenology in a changing climate for a multivoltine butterfly.

Journal Article Global change biology · April 2020 A rapidly changing climate has the potential to interfere with the timing of environmental cues that ectothermic organisms rely on to initiate and regulate life history events. Short-lived ectotherms that exhibit plasticity in their life history could incr ... Full text Cite

Using statistics to design and estimate vital rates in matrix population models for a perennial herb

Journal Article Population Ecology · January 2020 AbstractMatrix population models are widely used to assess population status and to inform management decisions. Despite existing theories for building such models, model construction is often partially based on expert opin ... Full text Cite

Life history trade‐offs are more pronounced for a noninvasive, native butterfly compared to its invasive, exotic congener

Journal Article Population Ecology · January 2020 AbstractLife history trade‐offs are ubiquitous in nature. Life history theory posits that these trade‐offs arise from individuals having limited resources to allocate toward all vital functions, such as survival, growth and ... Full text Cite

Accounting for imperfect detection in species with sessile life cycle stages: a case study of bumble bee nests

Journal Article Journal of Insect Conservation · December 1, 2019 For bumble bees and other social organisms, colonies are the functional unit of the population rather than the individual workers. Estimates of bumble bee nest density are thus critical for understanding population distribution and trends of this important ... Full text Cite

Integrating vital rates explains optimal worker size for resource return by bumblebee workers

Journal Article Functional Ecology · March 1, 2019 Featured Publication Size-number trade-offs in reproduction are commonly observed in nature. Bumblebee (Bombus spp.) colonies produce workers that vary considerably in size. This variation suggests that colonies face potential size-number trade-offs when producing workers. Her ... Full text Cite

Prioritizing management actions for invasive populations using cost, efficacy, demography and expert opinion for 14 plant species world-wide.

Journal Article The Journal of applied ecology · April 2016 Management of invasive populations is typically investigated case-by-case. Comparative approaches have been applied to single aspects of management, such as demography, with cost or efficacy rarely incorporated.We present an analysis of the ranks of manage ... Full text Cite