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  • Beer, W. N. and J. J. Anderson (2011). Sensitivity of juvenile salmonid growth to future climate trends. River Research and Applications 27(5):663-669.
  • Anderson, J. J., (2010), Ratio- and predator-dependent functional forms for predators optimally foraging in patches. American Naturalist 175:240-249.
  • Lemasson, B. H., J. J. Anderson, and R. A. Goodwin. 2009. Collective motion in animal groups from a neurobiological perspective. Journal of Theoretical Biology 261:501-510.
  • Anderson, JJ, WN Beer. 2009. Oceanic, riverine, and genetic influences on spring chinook salmon migration timing. Ecological Applications 19(8):1989-2003.
  • Li, T. and J.J. Anderson 2009 The vitality model: A way to understand population survival and demographic heterogeneity. Theoretical Population Biology
  • Anderson, J. J., M. C. Gildea, D. W. Williams, and T. Li. 2008. Linking growth, survival and heterogeneity through vitality. American Naturalist 171, E20-E43.
  • Goodwin, R. A., J. M. Nestler, J. J. Anderson, L. J. Weber, and D. P. Loucks. 2006. Forecasting 3-D fish movement behavior using a Eulerian–Lagrangian–agent method (ELAM), Ecological Modelling 192:197-223.
  • Anderson, J. J., E. Gurarie, and R. W. Zabel. 2005. Mean free-path length theory of predator-prey interactions: application to juvenile salmon migration. Ecological Modelling 186:196-211.
  • Anderson, J. J. 2002. An agent-based event drive foraging model. Natural Resource Modeling 15(1): 55-82.
  • Anderson, J.J. 2000. A vitality based model relating stressors and environmental properties to organism survival. Ecological Monographs 70(3) 117-142.
  • Anderson, J.J. 1988. A neural model for visual activation of startle behavior in fish. Journal of Theoretical Biology 131:289-305.

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The passion of my research is to develop models of ecological and biological processes from a mechanistic perspective. Currently, the work divides into three general but overlapping areas: (1) migration of organisms, (2) decision processes, and (3) mortality processes. These interests have led my students and me to explore a variety of directions such as antigen levels in salmon, passage of fish through dams and the ocean, predator foraging, decision processes in animals, neurology of swarming, and a variety of survival modeling from drosophila to dump trucks. As a research faculty of CBR in the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, much of the work is involved with fish restoration and water use in the Columbia and Sacramento River systems. However, the diversity has evolved because of a wide ranging interest in understanding how things work and then expressing them mathematically—a habit that I also encourage in my students.