These functions allow you to get or set the species parameters stored in a MizerParams object.


species_params(params) <- value



A MizerParams object


A data frame with the species parameters


The species_params data frame holds species-specific parameters that Mizer can use, together with allometric assumptions, to set its various size-dependent parameters. The data frame has one row for each species and one column for each species parameter. There are a lot of species parameters as we will now discuss, but most of them have sensible default values.

  • gamma and q are used to set the search volume, see setSearchVolume().

  • h and n are used to set the maximum intake rate, see setMaxIntakeRate().

  • k, ks and p are used to set activity and basic metabolic rate, see setMetabolicRate().

  • z0 is used to set the external mortality rate, see setExtMort().

  • w_mat, w_mat25, w_inf and m are used to set the allocation to reproduction, see setReproduction().

  • w_min is the egg size.

  • beta and sigma are parameters of the lognormal predation kernel, see lognormal_pred_kernel(). There will be other parameters if you are using other predation kernel functions, see the "Setting predation kernel" section in the help for setPredKernel().

Not all of these parameters have to be specified by the user. If they are missing, mizer will give them default values, sometimes by using other species parameters.

  • k_vb and t0 are the von Bertalanffy growth parameters and are used together with the length-weight relationship exponent b and the egg size w_min to get a default value for the coefficient of the maximum intake rate h, see get_h_default().

  • f0 is the feeding level and is used to get a default value for the coefficient of the search volume gamma, see get_gamma_default().

  • fc is the critical feeding level below which the species can not maintain itself. This is used to get a default value for the coefficient of the metabolic rate ks, see get_ks_default().

Note that these parameters are ignored if the parameters for which they allow defaults to be calculated have instead been set explicitly.

There are also some species parameters that are used directly in the model rather than being used for setting up size-dependent parameters:

  • alpha is the assimilation efficiency, the proportion of the consumed biomass that can be used for growth, metabolism and reproduction, see the help for getEReproAndGrowth().

  • interaction_resource sets the interaction strength with the resource, see "Predation encounter" section in the help for getEncounter().

  • erepro is the reproductive efficiency, the proportion of the energy invested into reproduction that is converted to egg biomass, see getRDI().

  • Rmax is the parameter in the Beverton-Holt density dependence added to the reproduction, see setBevertonHolt(). There will be other such parameters if you use other density dependence functions, see the "Density dependence" section in the help for setReproduction().

Finally there are two species parameters that control the way the species are represented in plots:

  • linecolour specifies the colour and can be any valid R colour value.

  • linetype specifies the line type ("solid", "dashed", "dotted", "dotdash", "longdash", "twodash" or "blank")

When you set up a MizerParams object with newMultispeciesParams() you need to specify a species parameter data frame, but you do not need to give values for all of the species parameters described above. The only required columns are species for the species name and w_inf for its asymptotic size. Mizer will choose default values for all others, see newMultispeciesParams().

When you change a species parameter in an already existing MizerParams object, then this will be used to update the corresponding size-dependent rates by automatically calling setParams().

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