Partial exclusion of spawning Cyprinus carpio to improve coastal marsh habitat may come at the cost of increased carp population growth

Check out our new open-access paper in Ecological Modelling!

The invasive Common carp can have disastrous affects on coastal marsh habitats when the large carp enter the marsh from the connected lakes to spawn and forage. Some managers have tried to tackle this issue by putting up barriers to movement into the marshes. This tends to improve the marsh, but it can also improve spawning habitat for the carp. If you are not able to keep all the carp out, then the increase in the quality of the carp spawning habitat will actually increase the population growth rate of the carp population.

 

 

Adaptive Food Webs Book

I am happy to announce that Adaptive Food Webs: Stability and Transitions of Real and Model Ecosystems is now available.

9781107182110

Back in 2013 I participated in a conference in Germany where several scientists working on food web research met, discussed, and in the end produced this great book. This conference happens approximately every 10 years and was first held in 1982.

I was lucky enough to participate in two chapters in the book:

Including the life cycle in food webs
Authors: Karin A. Nilsson, Amanda Caskenette, Christian Guill, Martin Hartvig and Floor H. Soudijn

Structural instability of food webs and food-web models and its implications for management
Authors: Axel G. Rossberg, Amanda Caskenette, and Louis-Felix Bersier

Back in Canada

Okay, this is a little late, but I have started working back in Canada as an Aquatic Science Biologist for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. I am settled into my role now, I started in February, and am well on my way to completing my first recovery potential modelling report for a species at risk.