PSI’s Tessa Francis is co-author of a new paper in the ICES Journal of Marine Science. The paper, “Characterizing coastal foodwebs with qualitative links to bridge the gap between the theory and the practice of ecosystem-based management” uses qualitative modeling to compare management actions in Puget Sound, Chesapeake Bay and Galveston Bay.
The authors examine loop analysis as a tool for predicting responses to press perturbations (experimental alteration of species densities). Case studies include management efforts to increase crab abundance as well as projects in Puget Sound to reduce eutrophication in relation to coastal foodwebs.
Citation: Carey, M. P., Levin, P. S., Townsend, H., Minello, T. J., Sutton, G. R., Francis, T., Harvey, C. J., Toft, J. E., Arkema, K. K., Burke, J. L., Kim, C-K., Guerry, A., Plummer, M., Spiridonov, G., and Ruckelshaus, M. Characterizing coastal foodwebs with qualitative links to bridge the gap between the theory and the practice of ecosystem-based management. – ICES Journal of Marine Science, doi:10.1093/icesjms/fst012.
Read the abstract.