Title: Understanding the Physical and Biological Coupling of Marine Population Dynamics
Eileen E. Hofmann
Center for Coastal Physical Oceanography,
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA 23529
College of Oceanic & Atmospheric Sciences
104 Ocean Admin. Bldg.
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-5503
Department of Biology
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543
During the past decade studies have been undertaken in a variety of ocean systems, all with the objective of understanding marine population variability in response to climatically influenced environmental variability. Results from multidisciplinary programs in the Northwest Atlantic, Northeast Pacific, and Southern Ocean have provided considerable insight into the many factors that control marine population dynamics in these regions. This special session is designed to provide a forum for the exchange of information resulting from these programs and to provide a means for synthesis and integration across and within the programs. Of particular interest are modeling and observational studies that integrate biological and physical processes and provide a basis for future inter-comparisons between the regions. We especially encourage papers that consider: 1) linkages between regional physical and biological phenomena at seasonal to decadal time scales; 2) topographic control on mesoscale structure and its influence on population dynamics; 3) observations of physical processes which influence the physical and biological environments (e.g., cross-frontal exchanges, turbulent mixing); 4) retention mechanisms and life-history strategies other than passive use of mesoscale circulation features; 5) predator-prey interactions, including top predator effects; and 6) sources of mortality in early life stages.
Index Terms: 4815, 4817, 4830, 4842, 4855