MESĀ 646. Marine Population Biology Processes And Modeling. 3 Credit Hours.

Marine and freshwater animal populations undergo many changes in response to exploitation of core predator and prey species in their ecosystem while subjected to environmental and anthropogenic perturbations in their habitats. Understanding these changes is a major objective of marine population scientists and paramount to marine conservation science. Marine Population Biology Processes and Modeling considers some of the fundamental properties of wild aquatic populations with the aim of knowing and understanding their interactive dynamics. For this purpose mathematical models are used under assumptions that they will provide an adequate description of the biological processes of interest. In this course students will learn conceptual aspects and estimation methods for the main population processes such as growth, survival, reproduction and feeding. Such concepts are framed by mathematical modeling to facilitate interpretation of dynamic population-level processes. Emphasis is also on data requirements and statistical validation of the data and model fitting such that students will develop an ability to integrate and summarize complex biological knowledge under a set of well defined protocols.
Components: LEC.
Grading: GRD.
Typically Offered: Spring.