Research ProjectIntegral Projection Models

IPMs: a Modeling Platform

View of the back road in spring

The back road of SERC in a section of the ForestGEO plot

Project Goal

Use IPMs to create forest growth and survival models to produce an understanding of forest populations and communities


IPMs are a modeling platform that can take growth and survival models and integrate them to produce inference on populations and communities. There are challenges to translating individual data to population scales, but by using inverse modeling and Individual Based Models with IPMs, we can include spatial information, density dependence, and individual effects in our simulations.

We are currently working on using IPMs for the analysis of tree disease dynamics, deer browsing, phylogenetic links to life expectancy, and the shifts in a monodominant forest in Central Africa.  We also maintain the IPMpack R-package.