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ISSN : 2288-1115(Print)
ISSN : 2288-1123(Online)
Korean Journal of Ecology and Environment Vol.45 No.2 pp.150-157
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Forecasting Fish Communities in River Networks

Brenda Rashleigh*, Denis White1, Joe L. Ebersole2, Craig Barber3, George Boxall2, Allen Brookes2
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Atlantic Ecology Division, Narragansett, Rhode Island, USA,
1Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA
2U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Western Ecology Division, Corvallis, Oregon, USA
3U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ecosystems Research Division, Athens, Georgia, USA
(Manuscript received 23 November 2011, Revised 16 December 2011, Revision accepted 17 April 2012)

Abstract

Fish communities in river networks provide significant ecosystem services that willlikely decline under future land use and climate change. We developed a model thatsimulates the consequences to multiple populations of one or more fish species-a metacommunity-from multiple stressors across a river network. The model is spatiallyexplicitand age-structured, with three components: habitat suitability; populationdynamics, including species interactions; and movement across a spatial network.Although this model is simple, it can form the basis of fisheries assessments and maybe incorporated into an integrated modeling system for watershed management andprediction.

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