We linked an existing physical model (Espresso) and an existing larval tracking model (LTRANS) to understand the movement of early life stages of Atlantic menhaden in the mid-Atlantic Bight.

We used the linked models to address questions regarding the sources and fates of newly spawned menhaden under a range of hydrodyanmic and biological scenarios. The flow of processes in the model was

Here we summarize the principal assumptions and approaches, and provide sample simulation results

Model domain

Model Initialization

Fish Biology

Simulation Results

Sample animation Patch contributions Age at arrival
Effects of behaviour

QuaFEL research areas


Blue crab ecology

Multispecies interactions

Fisheries Oceanography

Elasmobranch ecology


Last revised: 1/18/2016