Joint species distribution model of the Northwest Atlantic

Food web of the North Atlantic marine community (fish and invertebrates)

Species abundances and distributions are influenced by abiotic environmental preferences as well as biotic interactions such as interspecific competition and predation. Joint species distribution models (JSDM), can help to better inform the inter-specific interactions that shape a species’ distribution. Joint species distribution modeling will allow managers to more accurately model current species distributions and evaluate the effects of future environmental change on a more community-oriented level. I build a dynamic time-series joint species distribution model for the North Atlantic that accounts for species interactions, population dynamics, food web dynamics, fishing pressure and environmental associations to more accurately understand the factors that are influencing individual species abundances and distributions as well as the entire community’s ecology.