Queen’s University Belfast is a member of the Russell Group of top 25 universities in the UK. The School of Biological Sciences has a strong reputation in marine biology, with 10 academic staff and 40 post-doctoral researchers and PhD students specialising in aspects of this field, using the facilities of a well-equipped marine laboratory station. A computational biology group is established within the Evolution, Ecology, Behaviour and Ecological Economics research cluster and this group to which the named researchers belong is equipped with dedicated modelling facilities, part funded by the UK Royal Society, with 4 PhD students supported by an Irish Beaufort Research Award. QUB staff are backed up by a professional Research Support Office who implement standard-compliant quality-assured financial and administrative management for research grant funded projects.

Contribution to the project: Contributions by the Theoretical Ecology group at QUB to MYFISH will build on its expertise regarding the structure and dynamics of food-webs and communities, and their representation in models. The group is unique world wide in modelling the dynamics of marine food webs at species resolution across all sizes and trophic levels. Models developed by QUB will be used among others for assessing interactions between ecosystem, fishing, indicators and management frameworks in WPs 1 and 2, as well as in planning the transition to MSY in WP 3.3. The focus will be on data poor situations identified in the Western Waters and Widely ranging Fish regional studies.

Description of PIs involved in the project:

  • Dr. Axel G. Rossberg is a theoretical ecologist with extensive expertise in complex-systems methodology, statistics, and numerical modelling, and a specialist for the structure and dynamics of complex food-webs. He is the author of 39 peer-reviewed publications, editorial board member of The American Naturalist, and member of the ICES Working Group on Ecosystem Effects of Fishing Activities (WGECO).
  • Dr. Keith D. Farnsworth is the lecturer in Theoretical and Applied Ecology at Queen’s University Belfast. He is the grant holder and leader of both the modelling and theory and the stakeholder-engagement work packages in the Beaufort Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management Programme. His research contributes to developing the understanding needed for sustainable resource use, especially in fisheries and has been collaborating with DTUAQUA for the past six years in this.

flagsThe research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 289257. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.