Sophie Wulfing

Population dynamics of Octopus cyanea in Southwest Madagascar
A photo of Marine Biology Master of Science student Sophie Wulfing.

Biological Sciences: Marine Biology - MS
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Advisor: Dr. Easton White; advisor's website

I research how to apply models to data-deficient species. Essentially, I explore what mathematical tools we have to track and predict the population dynamics of species that lack substantive empirical research. Right now, I am using concepts from linear algebra and evolutionary game theory to model populations of the blue octopus in the fishery of southwest Madagascar. I am looking not only at population trends, but also couple these models with social systems in order to understand how human interaction with these stocks changes based on the value of fishing vs. conservation.