The Pringle Lab

at Princeton

Community ecology in a changing world

How do biotic interactions such as predation, herbivory, mutualism, and competition govern the distribution and abundance of plants and animals? How do regular patterns arise in nature, and how do they affect the stability and functioning of ecosystems? And what are the ecological consequences of extinction, species invasions, climate change, and other human perturbations? We study these issues in tropical ecosystems, using approaches ranging from large-scale field experiments to the analysis of short DNA fragments. To learn more about our work, please click on the links below!

Lab News

Check out the new NOVA episode, “Nature’s Fear Factor”,  featuring  past and present Pringle members and the return of the African Wild Dog in Gorongosa National Park. 

The Pringle Lab welcomes new graduate students Erin Phillips and Finote Gijsman Kelemu!

Pringle Lab research featured in article: “From muddy boots to mathematics: Advancing the science of ecosystems and biodiversity” by Morgan Kelly. 

Recent Publications

Pringle, RM and MC Hutchinson. 2020. Resolving food-web structure. Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics 51 (in press).

Kartzinel, TR and RM Pringle. 2020. Multiple dimensions of dietary diversity in large mammalian herbivores. Journal of Animal Ecology 89:1482-1496. [link]

Pringle, RM. 2020. Untangling food webs. Pp. 225-238 in A Dobson, RD Holt, and D Tilman (eds), Unsolved Problems in Ecology. Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, USA. [PDF]

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