About this resource
The Eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is a keystone species in northeast Florida estuaries, but the region faces multiple threats to the long-term viability of oyster populations. As part of a project to improve oyster population sustainability and management at the Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve, researchers developed a mathematical model of oyster population dynamics.
This model can be used by scientists, managers and stakeholders in the Guana Tolomato Matanzas estuary to assess the relative influence of different demographic factors on oyster population. It was built using locally-specific data on oyster growth, natural mortality, predation, and environmental factors.
For questions about the model, contact:
Oregon State University