Oysters: Data and modeling for decision-making

Session Date: June 1st 2016

Session Time: 3:40

Session Lead: Howard Townsend

Session Co-Lead(s):

Session Abstract:

The once abundant Eastern Oyster population of the Chesapeake has declined to less than 1% of historic levels because of decades of overharvest, disease, poor water quality, and the loss of hard bottom habitat. Federal and state agencies, industry, academic institutions, and non-profit groups are all working in collaboration to restore the native oyster population to levels that will once again provide significant ecosystem services such as fish habitat, water clarification, and nutrient processing. At the same time, oyster restoration efforts face pressure from climate change, ocean acidification, and fishing. In the Chesapeake Region, a wide array of scientists are collecting data and building models to inform management on oyster issues such as oyster reef ecosystem services, stakeholder-collaborative population modelling, developing an oyster-based BMP, and the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification. This session is designed to be an opportunity for researchers involved with modelling and data used for these issues to provide updates on their work, get feedback, and find opportunities to collaborate and cross-pollinate.


Time Title
3:40 Age-Structured, Spatially-Explicit Model for Oyster Reef Restoration - Rom Lipcius - VIMS, W&M
4:00 Ecological Forecasting for Vibrio spp. - John Jacobs - NOAA/ The Cooperative Oxford Laboratory
4:20 Investigation of artificial reefs settlement in the Bohai Bay - xiaofu xu - horns point lab
4:40 Uncertainty in modeled estimates of nutrient removal from oyster restoration - Mark Brush - Virginia Institute of Marine Science
5:00 Combining an oyster larval transport model with observations of mortality rates to estimate the footprints of spatfall in the Choptank and Little Choptank Rivers - Elizabeth North - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Horn Point Laboratory
5:20 Social Indicators of Oyster Reef Health for Decision-makers - Amy Freitag - VASG/NCBO
5:40 OysterFutures: integrating and applying three-dimensional models in a stakeholder-centric modeling effort - Rasika Gawde - University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science
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