Research Seminar

Date: 02 Feb 2024

Time: 2:00 PM NL Time

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Title: “End-to-end” Ecosystem modeling using the ATLANTIS ecosystem model

Speaker: Cameron Ainsworth, Associate Professor, College of Marine Science, University of South Florida, Florida.


I will recall the history of the development of ecosystem models and their origin in the science of biological and fisheries modeling.  I begin at the post-World War II origin of fisheries science modeling, from development of the first analytical models of the 1940s,  such as the simple predator-prey Lotka Volterra model , to numerical simulation modeling of the 1970s - 1990s, to modern sophisticated tools such as Atlantis, an "end-to-end" ecosystem model that collates physical, chemical and biological processes.  I describe the use of ecosystem modeling in the United States and around the world in management, and obstacles to wider use of ecosystem modeling.  I explore a diversity of multi-species modeling tools including relatively simple "MICE" models (models of intermediate complexity), agent-based approaches (or individual-based) , and "box" model numerical simulation tools.