Modeling in the Lake Mendota Program: An Overview
Integration of modeling and field research has been a keystone of the Lake Mendota Program. The numerous contributions of fish bionergetics modeling in previous chapters are one example. Johnson and Staggs (Ch. 17) have combined bionergetics models with conventional fisheries population models (Generalized Inland Fishery Simulator, GIFSIM) to forecast effects of stocking, harvest policy, and angling pressure on piscivory. Bionergetics modeling and GIFSIM are already widely accepted tools in fisheries research and management. The models described in the next seven chapters are more speculative and exploratory. They represent our attempts to understand and predict ecosystem dynamics in Lake Mendota, from phosphorus to fish.
KeywordsManagement Scenario Angle Pressure Bioenergetic Model Harvest Policy Graduate Seminar
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