Fisheries Oceanography and Population Dynamics Lab

  • Marine Tools and Tech
  • Fisheries
  • Shifting Ecosystems



Our lab uses a variety of quantitative and empirical tools to investigate the dynamics of marine populations and communities across a range of spatial and temporal scales.

The overall goal of the lab is to investigate factors affecting the population dynamics of marine fisheries across spatial scales. Consequently, we work on topics ranging from small scales, focused on individual behavioral decisions (e.g., how do predators choose patches of prey?), to large scales, dealing with the influence of larval dispersal, oceanographic conditions, and fishery management strategies on source-sink dynamics, fishery productivity, and the design of marine protected areas.  In all of these efforts, we utilize quantitative approaches that allow us to “scale up” small-scale processes to examine their population-level consequences and vice versa.

Current research topics in our lab include the effects of size-selective mortality on the population dynamics of sex-changing fish, the role of nonconsumptive (fear) effects of predators on oyster populations, and methods to detect short-term changes in the size structure of fish populations due to changes in fishery management.

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  • Integrating oceans into climate policy: any Green New Deal needs a splash of Blue. Conservation Letters, in press. Dundas SJ, Levine AS, Lewison RL, Samhouri JF, White C, Galloway AWE, Hazen EL, Spalding A, Stier AC, Doerr A, Garza C, Hill T, Padilla-Gamino J, White JW. 2020.
  • Environmental forcing and the consumptive effects of predation outweigh the nonconsumptive effects of multiple predators on estuarine oysters. Ecology, in press. Kimbro DL, Tillotson HG, White JW. 2020.
  • Not all disturbances are created equal: disturbance magnitude affects predator-prey populations more than disturbance frequency. Oikos 129:1-12. Commander CJ, White JW. 2020.
  • Planning for change: assessing the potential role of marine protected areas and fisheries management for managing resilience in a changing ocean. Oceanography 32:116-125. Special Issue on PISCO: Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans. Kroeker KJ, Carr MH, Raimondi PT, Caselle JE, Washburn L, Palumbi SR, Barth JA, Chan F, Menge BA, Milligan K, Novak M, White JW. 2019.


  • Oregon State University, College of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries Dept.
  • PISCO - Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans