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Trait-based Marine Ecosystem Models

Biodiversity is the end point of a cascade of interactions propagating from individuals’ life histories, behaviours and interactions with the environment they inhabit. Biodiversity and ecosystem structure are variables, not rigid parameters, and are predictions from - not input into - ecosystem models.

We have contributed to trait-based approaches in the marine oceanography community - in nutrient uptake in microbes, in the conceptual idea of how traits emerge in a trade-off between conflicting use of resources, and in the behavioural strategies of fish and zooplankton.

In 2017, we hosted the 'Third workshop on trait-based approaches in ocean science' - where 120 scientists from 31 different nations met over four days to discuss the topic - see here.

Lindemann C, Fiksen Ø, Andersen KH, Aksnes DL. 2016.
Scaling laws in phytoplankton nutrient uptake affinity
Frontiers in Marine Science. 3: 26. [ doi:10.3389/fmars.2016.00026 ] [ open access ] [ pdf ]
Andersen KH, Aksnes DL, Berge T, Fiksen Ø, Visser A. 2015.
Modelling emergent trophic strategies in plankton
Journal of Plankton Research. 37: 862-868. [ doi:10.1093/plankt/fbv054 ] [ pdf ]
Fiksen Ø, Follows MJ, Aksnes DL. 2013.
Trait-based models of nutrient uptake in microbes extend the Michaelis-Menten framework
Reviews in Limnology and Oceanography. 58: 193-202. [ doi:10.4319/lo.2013.58.1.0193 ] [ pdf ]
Aksnes DL, Cao FJ. 2011.
Inherent and apparent traits in microbial nutrient uptake
Marine Ecology-Progress Series. 440: 41-51. [ doi:10.3354/meps09355 ] [ open access ] [ pdf ]


Dag L. Aksnes
Sergey Budaev
PhD Student
Ryan J. Dillon
Associate Professor
Sigrunn Eliassen
PhD student
Johanna Fall
Group Leader, Professor
Øyvind Fiksen
PhD Student
Nadia Fouzai
Jarl Giske
PhD Student
Camilla Håkonsrud Jensen
Christian Jørgensen
PhD Student
Tom J. Langbehn
Christian Lindemann
PhD Student
Gabriella Ljungström
Adjunct Professor
Marc Mangel
Adèle Mennerat
Anders F. Opdal
PhD student
Nicolas J. I. Rodriguez
PhD Student
Jacqueline Weidner
PhD Student
Johanna Myrseth Aarflot