Welcome to the van Poorten lab. Our research broadly explores the dynamics of aquatic ecosystems and how they can be affected by, and provides benefit to, society. Our work broadly focusses on recreational fisheries systems, but also explores the impacts of water use and natural perturbations on sustainability and persistence of populations. We think at the whole ecosystem level by using linked bioenergetics and ecosystem models to evaluate management options that provide clear rationale for decision-makers.
While we use a lot of hard-fought field data in our work, the core of what we do is analytical models, both statistical and simulation-based. Through our connection to the Provincial government, we have the opportunity to address questions of critical importance for management and policy.