Keeping track of, counting, and assessing benefits and threats to our marine fisheries is an extremely complex process. Will White's Fisheries Oceanography and Population Dynamics lab uses mathematical modeling and statistics to detect and understand patterns of change in marine populations, and predict how they will respond to new environmental conditions or harvesting patterns. This type of research can inform fishery management strategies and influence the design and assessment of marine protected areas.
Current major research areas include the dynamics of kelp forest fish species inside marine protected areas in Oregon and California, the effects of seasonal hypoxia on the management of finfish and crab fisheries in Oregon, and the influence of environmental variability on predator-prey interactions and population dynamics of eastern oysters in Florida.
Will is also an "at large" member on the Science and Statistical Committee for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
For more Fisheries Oceanography news and information, check out Will's lab website.