Advertisement

An Agent-Based Modelling Approach to Biological Invasion by Macroalgae in European Coastal Environments

  • James T. MurphyEmail author
  • Mark P. Johnson
  • Frédérique Viard
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)

Abstract

Introductions of species to new continents and oceans by human activities cause fundamental and irreversible changes to natural communities and ecosystems worldwide, resulting in systematic homogenization of biota at regional and global scales and substantial changes in ecosystem functioning. Seaweeds are major primary producers in coastal areas, and large-scale substitution of dominant native seaweeds with non-native species can consequently alter coastal productivity and food web structure, and therefore impact ecosystem services. In this study, an agent-based modelling approach is taken, in association with data already gathered by the host institution from field studies, ecological experiments and molecular work, to study the impact of the Asian kelp seaweed Undaria pinnatifida, introduced to Europe in the 1970s, on native biodiversity under variable climatic conditions. Our model framework can be used to explicitly represent complex spatial and temporal patterns of invasion in order to be able to predict quantitatively the impact of these factors on the invasion dynamics of U. pinnatifida. This would be a useful tool for making accurate risk assessments of invasion potential under different environmental conditions and for choosing optimal management strategies in order to minimise future control costs.

Keywords

Juvenile Sporophyte Variable Climatic Condition Accurate Risk Assessment Major Primary Producer Gametophyte Stage 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research is supported by an Irish Research Council ELEVATE international career development fellowship co-funded by Marie Curie Actions (European Unions Seventh Framework Programme).

References

  1. 1.
    Gewin, V.: Industry lured by the gains of going green. Nature 436(7048), 173 (2005); Gewin, Virginia England. Nature. 436(7048), 173 (2005)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Schaffelke, B., Smith, J., Hewitt, C.: Introduced macroalgae a growing concern. J. Appl. Phycol. 18(3–5), 529–541 (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    Molnar, J.L., Gamboa, R.L., Revenga, C., Spalding, M.D.: Assessing the global threat of invasive species to marine biodiversity. Front. Ecol. Environ. 6(9), 485–492 (2008)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Voisin, M., Engel, C.R., Viard, F.: Differential shuffling of native genetic diversity across introduced regions in a brown alga: aquaculture vs. maritime traffic effects. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 102(15), 5432–5437 (2005)ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Jennings, N.R., Sycara, K., Wooldridge, M.: A roadmap of agent research and development. Auton. Agent. Multi-Agent Syst. 1(1), 7–38 (1998)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Floc’h, J.Y., Pajot, R., Wallentinus, I.: The japanese brown alga Undaria pinnatifida on the coast of France and its possible establishment in european waters. J. du Conseil: ICES J. Marine Sci. 47(3), 379–390 (1991)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    Murphy, J.T., Johnson, M.P., Walshe, R.: Modeling the impact of spatial structure on growth dynamics of invasive plant species. Int. J. Mod. Phys. C 24(07), 1350042 (2013)ADSMathSciNetCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Murphy, J.T., Walshe, R., Devocelle, M.: A computational model of antibiotic-resistance mechanisms in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). J. Theoret. Biol. 254(2) (2008) 284–293 349AK Times Cited:6 Cited References Count:38Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Choi, H., Kim, Y., Lee, S., Park, E., Nam, K.: Effects of daylength, irradiance and settlement density on the growth and reproduction of Undaria pinnatifida gametophytes. J. Appl. Phycol. 17(5), 423–430 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Morita, T., Kurashima, A., Maegawa, M.: Temperature requirements for the growth and maturation of the gametophytes of Undaria pinnatifida and U. undarioides (Laminariales, Phaeophyceae). Phycol. Res. 51(3), 154–160 (2003)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Jassby, A.D., Platt, T.: Mathematical formulation of the relationship between photosynthesis and light for phytoplankton. Limnol. Oceanogr. 21(4), 540–547 (1976)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Stevenson, R.D., Peterson, C.R., Tsuji, J.S.: The thermal dependence of locomotion, tongue flicking, digestion, and oxygen consumption in the wandering garter snake. Physiol. Zool. 46–57 (1985)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Shao-jun, P., Chao-yuan, W.: Study on gametophyte vegetative growth of Undaria pinnatifida and its applications. Chin. J. Oceanol. Limnol. 14(3), 205–210 (1996)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Pang, S., Luning, K.: Photoperiodic long-day control of sporophyll and hair formation in the brown alga Undaria pinnatifida. J. Appl. Phycol. 16(2), 83–92 (2004)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  15. 15.
    Campbell, S.J., Bit, J.S., Burridge, T.R.: Seasonal patterns in the photosynthetic capacity, tissue pigment and nutrient content of different developmental stages of Undaria pinnatifida (Phaeophyta: Laminariales) in Port Phillip Bay, south-eastern Australia (1999)Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Fick, A.: V. on liquid diffusion. Philos. Mag. Series 4 10(63), 30–39 (1855)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Saulquin, B., Hamdi, A., Gohin, F., Populus, J., Mangin, A., d’Andon, O.F.: Estimation of the diffuse attenuation coefficient k\(_{\mathit{dPAR}}\) using MERIS and application to seabed habitat mapping. Remote Sens. Environ. 128, 224–233 (2013)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Voisin, M.: Le processus d’invasions biologiques en milieu côtier marin: le cas de l’algue brune Undaria pinnatifida, cultivée et introduite à l’échelle mondiale. Ph.D. thesis (2007)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Thornber, C.S., Kinlan, B.P., Graham, M.H., Stachowicz, J.J.: Population ecology of the invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida in California: environmental and biological controls on demography (2004)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  • James T. Murphy
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Mark P. Johnson
    • 3
  • Frédérique Viard
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 6, UMR 7144, Station Biologique de RoscoffRoscoffFrance
  2. 2.CNRS, UMR 7144, Equipe Div&Co, Station Biologique de RoscoffRoscoffFrance
  3. 3.Ryan Institute, National University of Ireland GalwayGalwayIreland

Personalised recommendations