Dr. Ashkaan K. Fahimipour

Blending ecology, mathematics, and molecular biology to understand nature's complexity

Omnivory can be surprising

Sharing our new preprint describing theoretical conditions in which omnivores in nature counterintuitively boost the biomass of the plants that they eat. These simple models provide a simple explanation for why the top-down effects of omnivory seem to be so variable across systems. Growing one’s ecological intuition by studying “simple” mathematical models is my favorite kind of science (probably owing to an admiration of Robert MacArthur’s work).