Young Complexity Researchers’ Lunch (YCRL) #17: Adaptive foraging of pollinators fosters gradual tipping under resource competition and rapid environmental change


Before the pandemic, we organized biweekly sessions at the CCSS called “Reading Group/Science Jam” for our researchers to discuss challenges in Complex Systems Studies. Now with the possibility to meet in person at the CCSS again, we would like to reintroduce this kind of community building events and make them more approachable for young complexity researchers to share their complex systems science related work in a relaxing and informal settings. Everyone is welcome!

Therefore, we cordially invite you to the Young Complexity Researchers’ Lunch (YCRL) #17 on Tuesday 12 March (12:30-13:00) at the Centre for Complex Systems Studies (CCSS) where you can:

  • Get a free gourmet lunch with the best sandwiches you can get in the Utrecht Science Park;

  • Know one young complexity researchers' work over just 30 mins;

  • Contribute your professional knowledge and experiences in a relaxing and informal setting;

  • Develop potential collaboration.

YCRL#17: Adaptive foraging of pollinators fosters gradual tipping under resource competition and rapid environmental change
Leading young complexity researcher: Sjoerd Terpstra, Physical Oceanography (Utrecht University)

Plant and pollinator communities, which support global food chains, are threatened. A significant problem is the reduction of pollination, where not enough plants are pollinated and are at risk of becoming extinct. Environmental change, such as climate change or increasing pesticide use, can cause this reduction. As long as these changes stay under certain boundaries, undesirable ecological processes like the reduction in pollination are reversible. Crossing these boundaries means tipping of pollinator communities might occur; the system might collapse. Pollinator communities can adapt, for instance, through adaptive foraging by changing which plants they prefer in response to environmental deterioration. We include adaptive foraging in a theoretical model of plant and pollinator communities. We show that plant and pollinator communities are vulnerable to the extent of stressors but also to how fast these stressors increase. Our model shows that, with adaptation, the extinction of species is more sequential and spreads out in time and may even temporarily favor especially generalist species.

Everyone is welcome, and please feel free to invite your colleagues/friends/classmates/students to join us.

If you would like to have the lunch arrangement, please sign up before 15:00 Monday 11 March.

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Physical Meeting >> CCSS Living Room, Room 4.16, Minnaertgebouw