Life History

Life history timing – or the timing of key events in an organism’s life – indicate transitions of stage, state and/or energy budget that govern both how an organism interacts with its environment as well as its role in an ecosystem, fishery, etc.  Our efforts to explain and predict life history variation in time and space include: 


K.H. Andersen, T. Berge, R.J. Gonçalves, M. Hartvig, J. Heuschele, S. Hylander, N.S. Jacobsen, C. Lindemann, E.A. Martens, A.B. Neuheimer*, K. Olsson, A. Palacz, F. Prowe, J. Sainmont, S.J. Traving, A.W. Visser, N. Wadhwa, and T. Kiørboe. 2016. Characteristic Sizes of Life in the Oceans, from Bacteria to Whales. Annual Review of Marine Science. 8:3.1-3.25. (link) Note: Fig. 7 has been corrected.  Please email ABN for more information.

Also see: Neuheimer, A.B., Hartvig, M., Heuschele, J., Hylander, S., Kiørboe, T., Olsson, K.H., Sainmont, J.,  Andersen, K.H. 2015. Offspring Size in Marine Animals. Bulletin of the Ecological Society of America 96:662–663. (link


Neuheimer, A.B.*, M. Hartvig, J. Heuschele, S. Hylander, T. Kiørboe, K.H. Olsson, J. Sainmont, and K.H. Andersen. 2015. Adult and offspring size in the ocean over 17 orders of magnitude follows two life history strategies. Ecology 96:3303–3311. (linkpdf). Note correction to Fig. 2 to right.  Journal has been notified.


Neuheimer, A.B.*, & B.R. MacKenzie. 2014. Explaining life history variation in a changing climate across a species’ range.  Ecology. 95:3364-3375. (linkpdf)


Neuheimer, A.B.* & P. Grønkjær. 2012. Climate effects on size-at-age: Growth in warming waters compensates for earlier maturity in an exploited marine fish.  Global Change Biology 18:1812-1822. (link)


Neuheimer, A.B.* & C.T. Taggart. 2010. Can changes in length-at-age and maturation timing in Scotian Shelf haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) be explained by fishing?  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 67: 854-865. (linkpdf)


Gentleman, W.C., A.B. Neuheimer* & R.G. Campbell. 2008. Modelling copepod development: Current limitations and a new realistic approach.  ICES Journal of Marine Science 65: 399-413. (link)


Neuheimer, A.B.* & C.T. Taggart.  2007.  The growing degree-day and fish size-at-age: the overlooked metric.  Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 64: 375-385. (linkpdf)