Evaluating the effects of hypoxia on coastal fish

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 15:00 to 16:00
Thackeray 703
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Rachael Neilan
Duquesne University

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Hypoxia refers to low dissolved oxygen and is an increasing problem for inhabitants of coastal waters.  Fish exposed to hypoxia may experience negative sub-lethal or lethal effects.   We develop, calibrate, and test a mathematical model for predicting the effects of fluctuating hypoxic exposures on individual fish growth, survival, and reproduction.  In addition, we construct an individual-based population model to predict population-level effects of growing hypoxic zones on fish in the Gulf of Mexico.  Results show that years of repeated severe hypoxia can lead to 20-40% reduction in fish population size over 100 years.   

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