Drivers for patchiness and marine vertebrate dynamics

Peter Miller (PML),  Beth Scott (Aberdeen), Lars Boehme (St Andrews), Jeroen van der Kooij (CEFAS),  Clare Embling (Plymouth) & Jacqueline Tweddle (Aberdeen) 

The mechanisms linking physical and biological oceanographic processes, prey dynamics and predator foraging are complex. Hotspots of pelagic animal abundance result from the patchiness of biological productivity, sparsely distributed across shelf seas and open  oceans. This session seeks to advance our understanding of the mechanisms that link the distribution and behaviour of fish and other marine vertebrates to environmental features such as fronts, eddies, upwelling and tidal mixing. To do so, we need to better  understand the oceanographic drivers of physical and biological spatial and temporal patchiness in different marine environments. This endeavour requires closer interaction between oceanographers, marine ecologists, biologists and geospatial statisticians;  and so we invite submissions that address one or more of these disciplines.