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Author(s):E. Llabrés, E. Mayol, N. Marbà, T. Sintes
Title:A mathematical model for inter-specific interactions in seagrasses
Abstract:Seagrasses are vital organisms in coastal waters, and the drastic demise of their population in  the  last  decades  has  worrying  implications  for  marine  ecosystems.  Spatial  models  for  seagrass  meadows  provide  a  mathematical  framework  to  study  their  dynamical  processes  and  emergent  collective  behavior.  These  models  are  crucial  to  predict  the  response  of  seagrasses  to  different  global  warming  scenarios,  analyze  the  resilience  of  existing  seagrass  distributions,  and  optimize  restoration  strategies.  In  this  article,  we  propose  a  model  that  includes  interactions  among  different  species  based  on  the  clonal growth of seagrasses. We present a theoretical analysis of the model considering the  specific  case  of  the  seagrass–seaweed  interaction  between  Cymodocea  nodosa  and  Caulerpa prolifera. Our simulations successfully reproduce field observations of shoot densities in mixed meadows in the Ebro River Delta in the Mediterranean Sea. Besides, the proposed model allows us to investigate the possible underlying mechanisms that mediate the interaction among the two macrophytes

Related staff

  • Nuria Marbà Bordalba
  • Elvira Mayol Alcover
  • Related departments

  • Oceanography and Global Change
  • Related projects

  • SUMAECO MARBA (CTA 100.011)
  • Related research groups

  • Global Change Research