All populations fluctuate over time. How much of this variation is due to random events, and how much can we predict from basic ecological theory? I am interested in how individual behavior and life history variation influence population dynamics, and how the feedback from population dynamics influences individual reproductive success. I use mathematical models to make predictions for a variety of taxa, in collaboration with field biologists working in marine, freshwater, and terrestrial habitats.
I use mathematical models to explore a wide variety of basic and applied issues in ecology. My research addresses questions across levels of organization from individuals to populations and communities.
Disease Ecology and Ecoimmunology, BSC 4930.
Ecological Theory, PCB 6406.
PCB 6456 Experimental Design and Biometry.
Environmental Science Colloquium, EVS 6920 (required for Masters students in the Environmental Science Program)
Jessene Aquino-Thomas, Integrative Biology PhD student
Hersh Chaitin, Integrative Biology PhD student
Julia Chapman, Environmental Science MS student
Krystyna Powell, Biology MS student
Jason Bosley (co-supervised with J. Baldwin), PhD 2017
Stephen Ippolito (Math, co-supervised with V. Naudot), PhD 2015
James M. Beerens, PhD 2014
Jon Stonger, MS 2012
Adam Chen, BS 2012
Rachel Welicky (co-supervised with J. Wyneken), MS 2010
Simantha Ather, MS 2009
Shima, J.S., Noonburg, E.G., Swearer, S.E., Alonzo, S.H., Osenberg, C.W. 2018 Born at the right time? A conceptual framwork linking reproduction, development, and settlement in reef fish. Ecology, 99: 116-126.
Noonburg, E.G., Byers, J.E. 2016. Bad neighbors: how spatially disjunct habitat degradation can cause system-wide population collapse. Ecology, 97: 2858-2866.
Ippolito, S., Naudot, V., and Noonburg, E.G. 2016. Alternative stable states, coral reefs, and smooth dynamics with a kick. Bulletin of Mathematical Biology, 78: 413-435.
Beerens, J.M., Frederick, P.C., Noonburg, E.G., Gawlik, D.E. 2015. Determining habitat quality for species that demonstrate dynamic habitat selection. Ecology and Evolution, 5(23): 5685-5697 .
Beerens, J.M., Noonburg, E.G., Gawlik, D.E. 2015. Linking dynamic habitat selection with wading bird foraging distributions across resource gradients. PLoS ONE, 10(6):e0128182 .
Shima, J.S., Noonburg, E.G., Swearer, S.E. 2015. Consequences of variable larval dispersal pathways and resulting phenotypic mixtures to the dynamics of marine metapopulations. Biology Letters, 11: 20140778.
Noonburg, E.G., Chen, A., Shima, J.S., Swearer, S.E. 2015. Demographic heterogeneity and the dynamics of open populations. Ecology, 96: 1159-1165.
Naudot, V., Noonburg, E.G. 2013. Predator-prey systems with a general non-monotonic functional response. Physica D, 253: 1-11.
Welicky, R., Wyneken, J., Noonburg, E.G. 2012. A retrospective analysis of sea turtle depredation patterns. Journal of Wildlife Management, 76: 278-284.
Noonburg, E.G., Nisbet, R.M., Klanjscek, T. 2010. Effects of life history variation on vertical transfer of toxicants in marine mammals. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 264: 479-489.
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Shima, J.S., Noonburg, E.G., Phillips, N.E. 2010. Life history and matrix heterogeneity interact to shape metapopulation connectivity in spatially structured environments. Ecology, 91: 1215-1224.
Byers, J.E., and Noonburg, E.G. 2007. Poaching, enforcement, and the efficacy of marine reserves. Ecological Applications 17:1851-1856.
Noonburg, E. G., Newman, L. A., Lewis, M. A., Crabtree, R. L., Potapov, A. B. 2007. Sequential decision-making in a variable environment: Modeling elk movement inYellowstone National Park as a dynamic game. Theoretical Population Biology 71:182-195.
Noonburg, E. G., and Byers, J. E. 2005. More harm than good: When invader vulnerability to predators enhances impact on native species. Ecology 86: 2555-2560.
Noonburg, E. G., and Abrams, P. A. 2005. Transient dynamics limit the effectiveness of keystone predation in bringing about coexistence. American Naturalist 165: 322-335.
Noonburg, E. G., and Nisbet, R. M. 2005. Behavioral and physiological responses to food availability and predation risk. Evolutionary Ecology Research 7: 89-104.
Noonburg, E. G., Shuter, B. J., and Abrams, P. A. 2003. Indirect effects of zebra mussels on the planktonic food web. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 60: 1353-1368.
Byers, J. E. and Noonburg, E. G. 2003. Scale dependent effects of biotic resistance to biological invasion. Ecology 84: 1428-1433.
Parker, H. H., Noonburg, E. G., and Nisbet, R. M. 2001. Models of alternative life history strategies, population structure and potential speciation in salmonid fish stocks. Journal of Animal Ecology 70: 260-272.
Noonburg, E. G., Nisbet, R. M., McCauley, E., Gurney, W. S. C., Murdoch, W. W., and de Roos, A. M. 1998. Experimental testing of dynamic energy budget models. Functional Ecology 12: 211-222.
Shea, K. and the NCEAS Working Group on Population Management. 1998. Management of populations in conservation, harvesting and control. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 13: 371-375.
Davis, A. W., Noonburg, E. G., and Wu, C.-I. 1994. Evidence for complex genic interactions between conspecific chromosomes underlying hybrid female sterility in the Drosophila simulans clade. Genetics 137: 191-199.
Johnson, N. A., Hollocher, H. H., Noonburg, E. G., and Wu, C.-I. 1993. The effects of interspecific Y-chromosome replacements on hybrid sterility in the Drosophila simulans clade. Genetics 135:443-453.
Erik G. Noonburg
Department of Biological Sciences at Florida Atlantic University
2912 College Ave. Davie, FL 33314
1990-1994 University of Chicago. A.B. with honors in Biological Sciences.
1994-2000 University of California, Santa Barbara. Ph.D. in Biological Sciences.
Advisors: Roger M. Nisbet and William W. Murdoch. Dissertation title: Resource Allocation, Foraging Activity, and Life History Optimization in a Variable Environment.
2012-present Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University.
2006-2012 Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Florida Atlantic University.
2005-2006 Research Associate, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, UC Santa Barbara. Supervisor: R.M. Nisbet.
2003-2005 Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Alberta. Supervisor: M. A. Lewis.
2000-2003 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Zoology, University of Toronto. Supervisors: P. A. Abrams & B. J. Shuter.