Journal of Mathematical Biology

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 125–150

Estimation of growth and survival in size-structured cohort data: an application to larval striped bass (Morone saxatilis)

  • H. T. Banks
  • L. W. Botsford
  • F. Kappel
  • C. Wane


We present a method for estimating growth and mortality rates in size-structured population models. The methods are based on least-square fits to data using approximate models (using spline approximations) for the underlying partial differential equation population model. In a series of numerical tests, we compare our approach to an existing method (due to Hackney and Webb). As an example, we apply our techniques to experimental data from larval striped bass field studies.

Key words

Size-structural population models Parameter estimation Growth and mortality rates 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. T. Banks
    • 1
  • L. W. Botsford
    • 2
  • F. Kappel
    • 3
  • C. Wane
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Applied Mathematical SciencesUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUniversity Park, Los AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Wildlife and Fisheries BiologyUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA
  3. 3.Institut für MathematikUniversität GrazGrazAustria
  4. 4.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaUniversity Park, Los AngelesUSA

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