Impacts of Fisheries

Vast scientific research has demonstrated that overfishing causes species extinctions, decreases the abundance and body size of targeted populations and accelerates their maturation. However, we still lack good understanding and predictive power on how these impacts propagate through the trophic network, affect other species and alter the structure and dynamics of the whole community. We help to develop such understanding by computationally evaluating the effects of fisheries on complex communities using concepts and tools of complex networks.

Key Papers

Ávila-Thieme, M.I., Corcoran, D., Pérez-Matus, A., Wieters, E. A., Navarrete, S.A., Marquet, P.A., Valdovinos, F.S. (2021) Alteration of coastal productivity and artisanal fisheries interact to affect a marine food-web. Scientific Reports, 11, 1765.

Glaum, P. R., Cocco, V., Valdovinos, F.S. (2020) Integrating Economic dynamics into Ecological Networks: The case of fishery sustainability. Science Advances, 6(45), eaaz4891. Press release. Radio Interview.

Bland, S., Valdovinos, F.S., Hutchings, J.A., Kuparinen, A. (2019) The role of fish life histories in allometrically scaled food-web dynamics. Ecology and Evolution, 6, 3651-3660.