J. Wilson White, Assistant Professor, Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station, Oregon State University, investigates factors affecting the dynamics of marine species across spatial scales by linking empirical data with mathematical models of population dynamics. Such models are essential in order to detect trends in noisy data, to predict large-scale, long-term consequences from field observations, and to generate new hypotheses that can be tested by directed fieldwork. His research group’s approaches allow scaling-up from knowledge of smaller-scale processes, such as size-selective mortality in fish, to population-level consequences (and vice versa). His work with PISCO primarily focuses on the development of bioeconomic population models for the design and adaptive management evaluation of Marine Protected Areas, the effects of nearshore oceanography and methods for improving knowledge about movement of the pelagic larvae of fish and invertebrates.
Oregon State University