Science Serving Maryland's Coasts

Research Publications: UM-SG-RS-2003-11


Modeling crab growth and population dynamics: Insights from the blue crab conference.




Miller, TJ; Smith, SG


Bulletin of Marine Science 72(2):537-541


Over recent decades, we have learned a great many details of the behavior and ecology of the blue crab. Regrettably, we have yet to develop similar deep insights into blue crab population dynamics. However, until we can express this ecological knowledge mathematically to describe the dynamics of populations it will be difficult, if not impossible, to understand the implications of our hard won insights. Simply stated, populations dynamics represents the glue that bind the rich data base on blue crab ecology together. All researchers may benefit greatly from an increase in efforts to understand and model the dynamics of crab populations.

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