Title

Differential Equation Modeling to Predict Growth and Effects of Hypophthalmichthys nobilis on Indigenous Species Within the Mississippi River Basin

Presenter Information

Wyatt SeedFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Mathematics

Minor

Biology

List all Project Mentors & Advisor(s)

Maeve McCarthy, PhD

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Invasive species have ravaged environments worldwide, causing both economical and ecological problems to arise. Hypophthalmichthys nobilis, the Bighead Carp, was introduced to the Mississippi River Basin as a form of control for vegetation growth but as drastically grown throughout the area and provided competition for native species. Through the research of various articles reporting Asian Carp growth, it is hoped that a relative population for this species can be determined in order to create a model the population growth over time. A system will be created with equations representing the growth of the Asian Carp and the growth of a native species, such as the trout, with respect to competition as an inhibitor. It is hoped that a relative depiction of the growth/decay of these two species can be presented along with the ecological and economical concerns that will arise if the growth persists.

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Differential Equation Modeling to Predict Growth and Effects of Hypophthalmichthys nobilis on Indigenous Species Within the Mississippi River Basin

Invasive species have ravaged environments worldwide, causing both economical and ecological problems to arise. Hypophthalmichthys nobilis, the Bighead Carp, was introduced to the Mississippi River Basin as a form of control for vegetation growth but as drastically grown throughout the area and provided competition for native species. Through the research of various articles reporting Asian Carp growth, it is hoped that a relative population for this species can be determined in order to create a model the population growth over time. A system will be created with equations representing the growth of the Asian Carp and the growth of a native species, such as the trout, with respect to competition as an inhibitor. It is hoped that a relative depiction of the growth/decay of these two species can be presented along with the ecological and economical concerns that will arise if the growth persists.