Madhav Thakur


I am a second year PhD student working on various projects with a central question on how global change effects may alter consumer-resource interactions. My model system is soil food web and my approach involves both modelling and experiments. Recently, I started an experiment to answer how micro-habitat heterogeneity and warming could interactively affect foraging success of predatory mites (Hypoaspis aculeifer, a common soil dwelling predator) on a Collembola species (Folsomia candida). During this course, I would like to develop a bio-energetic food web model combined with habitat heterogeneity to predict predator and prey population dynamics and test these model outputs with the results from my experiment. Also, I am keen on learning and sharing ideas from fellow participants and instructors on food web ecology in the changing world.