An individual’s size characterizes its physiology and feeding ecology and is a master trait that can be correlated with life history strategy, fecundity, offspring success, etc., etc. As such, the size-structure of a population is linked to its production and resilience in the face of exploitation. Our efforts to explain and predict size 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.
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. (link, pdf). Note correction to Fig. 2 to right. Journal has been notified.
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: A database of size metrics and conversion factors. Ecology DOI: 10.1890/15-1261. (link)
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. & 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 & K.T. Frank. 2008. Size-at-age in haddock (Melanogrammus aeglefinus) - application of the growing degree-day (GDD) metric. Proceedings of the 24th Lowell Wakefield Fisheries Symposium: Resiliency of Gadid Stocks to Fishing and Climate Change Symposium, 111-123. (pdf)