Welcome to the website of the Fisheries Ecosystem Modeling and Assessment Research (FEMAR) group at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science (RSMAS). We offer the necessary tools to fully understand coral reef ecosystems to support policy made by federal, state, and local entities with sound scientific investigations. Our Fishery Systems Science framework fully accounts for the dynamic range of cumulative stressors that affect spatial productivity and sustainability of reef fishes, and provides a wider range of management control options for achieving sustainability and optimizing socioeconomic value of the reef fishery. Below are the four major areas of expertise of our lab to evaluate the complete marine ecosystem.
Since 1995 FEMAR has partnered with NOAA SEFSC to run a fisheries independent survey of reef fishes in the Florida Keys. Since then the RVC survey has expanded south to include the Dry Tortugas and north to Martin County to become an unprecedented multiagency project that collects... Learn more ...
The foundation of any meaningful quantitative analysis, modeling or assessment work is dependent on high quality data products. At FEMAR we put considerable thought and effort into determining the appropriate data types needed to drive our ecological models prior to any sampling... Learn more ...
From relatively simple statistical models to complex simulation and spatial models, FEMAR scientists and students are tirelessly working on mathematical formulations to understand and represent or marine ecosystem. High quality data products collected or assimilated by FEMAR are used construct a wide range of models designed to help understanding tarpon movements to assessing the status of reef fish.
Our goal is to provide managers with the best possible advice for the management of fisheries. In addition we want to help managers decide on what metrics they can use to monitor the efficacy of their decisions.