Ken Haste Andersen

Professor in theoretical marine ecology at AQUA, DTU. Deputy chair in the Centre for Ocean Life.


"Some things still need to be said about the world". Pliny the Elder, Naturalis Historia

News

December 2014: New paper: Trade-offs between objectives for ecosystem management of fisheriesGedankenexperimente in ecosystem-based fisheries management. What happens to the ecosystem if we optimise the fishing pattern for yield of biomass (MSY) or for economic rent (EMSY)? And how does that tie in with conservation constraints? Using a trait-based size spectrum model we have been able to extend this classical analysis from a single species to an entire fish community.
The size distribution (top) and the fishing pattern of three fishing fleets (bottom) when fishing to maximize economic rent.

May 2014: New paper: A life-history evaluation of the impact of maternal effects on recruitment and fisheries reference points. The Big Old Fecund Females (the "BOFFs") in a fish stock have been shown to produce more viable eggs and larvae than younger females.  Should we take this into account when we evaluate the producitivity and resilience of a fish stock?  Using a trait-based model of fish stock we show that even though the BOFFs produce more viable offspring their impact on the recruitment of the entire stock is small.  The reason is that the abundance of younger fish is so much larger than the abundance of BOFFs that the main contribution to recruitment comes from the young fish. The only exception is fish stocks which are particularly vulnerable to fishing. For those stocks the recruitment from BOFFs is an important contribution to the resilience of stock.

December 2013: New paper The consequences of balanced harvesting of fish communities. How shall we manage fisheries within an ecosystem approach to fisheries?  A recently proposed solution is to make a "balanced" harvesting of ecosystem components. Balanced harvesting implies that small individuals should be fished harder than large individuals. We make an assessment of balanced harvesting using the size-spectrum modelling concept. We find that balanced harvesting can produce as much biomass yield as current fishing patterns, and it may even do so at a lower risk of compromising other ecosystem components. The price to pay is that the catch is comprised mainly of small individuals. Balanced harvesting can therefore be viewed an attempt to maximise the yield from a forage fishery at the expense of yield from the consumer fishery.

October 2013: Updated the single-species size-spectrum simulator. Now with possibility to simulate "balanced fishing".

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Teaching

I am currently involved in the courses:
  • 25303 Mathematical biology
  • 25304 Differential equations in biology
  • 25314 Computational Marine Ecological Modelling
  • 25803 Ocean Life Meeting Series
Send me a mail if you are interested in any of these courses.

Research Interests

I want to understand how life in the ocean is organised, why marine organisms look and act the way they do, and how marine ecosystems reacts to perturbations like fishing, species removals/invasions or climate change. More specifically I work on:
Previously I have worked with sand ripples under surface waves and barchan dunes in deserts.

Student projects:

I have a number of possible student projects available for students related to the impact of fishing and climate change on marine and fresh water ecosystems. The projects ranges from applied projects on specific ecosystems to abstract theoretical topics. Send me an email if you are interested in learning more.

Students:
  • Nis Sand Jacobsen, Ph.D. student. With Henrik Gislason.
  • Alexandros Kokkalis, Ph.D. student. With Uffe Thygesen and Anders Nielsen.
  • Julie Sainmont, Ph.D. student. Main supervisor: Andy Visser.
  • Karin Olsson, Ph.D. student. Main supervisor: Henrik Gislason
Former students:
  • Christina Frisk, Ph.D. student. Co-supervised by Gerd Kraus.
  • Nuria Calduch Verdiel, Ph.D. student. With James Vaupel, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research, Rostock; and Brian MacKenzie. Thesis: Protecting the larger fish: an ecological, economical and evolutionary analysis using a demographic model.
  • Lai Zhang, Ph.D. student. Thesis: Mathematical model of ecology and evolution
  • Martin Hartvig (aka Martin Pedersen), Ph.D. student. Main supervisor: Per Lundberg, Lund University. Thesis: Food web ecology.
  • Matthieu Gerard, under-graduate student: "Turing structure in a size-structured ecosystem model". Together with Uffe H. Thygesen and Michael Pedersen (MAT, DTU).

Contact information:

Ken Haste Andersen - kha@aqua.dtu.dk - +45 35 883399
National Institute of Aquatic Resources, AQUA
Technical University of Denmark
Jægersborg Allé 1
DK-2920 Charlottenlund
Denmark

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