Date Thesis Awarded


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Honors Thesis -- Access Restricted On-Campus Only

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)




Junping Shi

Committee Members

Rex K. Kincaid

Romuald Lipcius

Jian Shen

Leah B. Shaw


The Chesapeake May oyster has been the focus of more than a century of heavy harvesting and now several decades of restoration attempts. Concerted efforts to rebuild the native oyster population and reef structure have yielded similar results. Recent success in the Great Wicomico River suggests that initial reef height combats growth retarding sedimentation resulting in multiple stable states of reefs. We use a system of three differential equations to model volumes of live oysters, dead oysters, and sediment. We show that multiple nonnegative equilibria exist for an ecologically reasonable range of parameters and the initial height of oyster reefs determines which equilibrium is reached.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.

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