A project on biocomplexity in coastal benthic populations. Sponsored by the US National Science Foundation

The Project

 The processes that govern the population dynamics of nearshore benthic species -larval production and transport, larval settlement, disturbance, predation, competition for space, etc- are each complex. For example, larval settlement depends not only upon the rate of arrival of larvae, but also on the availability of free substrate, larval behavior, and small-scale hydrodynamics. Each of these processes is nonlinear, and has been studied separately. We ourselves have been successful in identifying and characterizing some of these processes. However, because each process is complex and operates at different temporal and spatial scales, little progress has been made in understanding how they may interact to produce patterns observed in benthic species. We are using a combination of observational and mathematical techniques to increase our understanding of these processes. We are also investigating whether alongshore differences in recruitment, larval transport, and larval dispersal result from the differences in local stratification, and whether the behavior of the larvae interacting with the local stratification results in differences in larval transport.

The project is over

The project is officially over. Still, some participants are writing papers, and new collaborations have flourished.

PI's (in Nantucket...)

Jesús Pineda, Hal Caswell, Mike Neubert, Claudio DiBacco and Andy Solow (Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Manuel López and Alejandro Parés-Sierra (Ensenada, Baja California, CICESE)

Alberto Scotti (Chapel Hill, North Carolina, University of North Carolina)

Jerry Jarrett  (New Britain, Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University)

Other participants and collaborators

Vicke Starczak, Fabián Tapia, Karin Harding and Amit Huppert (Woods Hole, Massachusetts, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

Paula Perez-Brunius (Ensenada, Baja California, CICESE)

Ithaca * Itaca

Zacatecas amd La Quemada (Chicomoztoc?): photos of third Plenary Meeting

Ensenada and Valle de Guadalupe. Photos of 4th Plenary meeting


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