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Ken H. Andersen, Aqua, Technical University of Denmark

Title: Modeling of ecosystems 

Time:    Fri Jun 19, 2009, 2pm 
Place:   Building 28, Room 2.123, Campus Golm, Universitaet Potsdam

Abstract:

"Master, I marvel how the fishes live in the sea".
"Why, as men do a-land; the great ones eat up the little ones". So
wrote Shakespeare more than 400 years ago in his comedy "Pericles".
Even though the principle of big fish eating smaller fish is obvious,
it has been largely underexploited by fisheries biologists. I will
formulate a simple model of a marine ecosystem based around the simple
"big fish eat smaller fish" rule. The model is in the form of coupled
partial integro-differential equations, but even then analytical
solutions are possible. I will also show results of numerical
integration of the model, which demonstrate how the system as a whole
reacts to a modern large-scale industrial fishery.

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