Decision theory in conservation biology: Are there rules of thumb?

Principal Investigators:

Hugh P. Possingham

Ecological theory and complex, often spatially explicit, computer simulations are two ways in which ecologists have attempted to help managers solve conservation problems. Both methods have provided little guidance. Ecological theory is simple enough to be general, but lacks the constraints and trade-offs to be usefully applied in the real world. Complex computer simulations target specific ecosystems ad problems (are not general), require many parameters that may be hard to estimate, and the robustness of the ensuing decisions may take years... more

Participants and Meetings

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ActivityDatesFurther Information
Sabbatical Fellow4th December 1998—15th April 1999Participant List  
Working Group27th February—14th March 1999Participant List  
Visitor7th—8th April 1999Participant List  

Participant Contact Information

Hugh P. Possinghamh.possingham@uq.edu.auUniversity of Adelaide, Roseworthy
Tim Coulsont.coulson@imperial.ac.ukInstitute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London
Michael A. McCarthymamcca@unimelb.edu.auAustralian National University
E. J. Milner-Gullande.j.milner-gullard@ic.ac.ukImperial College, London, Silwood Park Campus
Katriona SheaUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Chris Wilcoxchris.wilcox@csiro.auUniversity of California, Santa Cruz
Patrick A. Kellypatrickk@zimmer.csufresno.eduEndangered Species Recovery Program

Products: Publications, Reports, Datasets, Presentations, Visualizations

TypeProducts of NCEAS Research
Journal Article Coulson, Tim; Mace, Georgina; Hudson, Elodie; Possingham, Hugh P. 2001. The use and abuse of population viability analysis. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. Vol: 16. Pages 219-221.
Presentations Possingham, Hugh P. 1999. Decision theory for population viability analysis. Population Viability Analysis Conference. San Diego, CA.
Presentations Possingham, Hugh P. 1999. Fire management for biodiversity. University of California Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, CA.
Presentations Possingham, Hugh P. 1999. Fire management for biodiversity. University of California Davis. Davis, CA.
Presentations Possingham, Hugh P. 1999. Fire management for biodiversity. University of California Santa Cruz. Santa Cruz, CA.
Presentations Possingham, Hugh P. 1999. How to manage a metapopulation. University of California Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara, CA.
Journal Article Possingham, Hugh P.; Shea, Katriona. 1999. The business of biodiversity. Australian Zoologist. Vol: 31. Pages 3-5.
Journal Article Possingham, Hugh P.; Shea, Katriona. 1999. The business of biodiversity: Response to responses. Australian Zoologist. Vol: 31. Pages 9-10.
Report or White Paper Possingham, Hugh P. 1999. The global taxonomy initiative (GTI) and the taxonomic impediment: What are they and why should I care?. Lifelines. Vol: 5. Pages 18-19.
Journal Article Shea, Katriona; Possingham, Hugh P. 2000. Optimal release strategies for biological control agents: An application of stochastic dynamic programming to population management. Journal of Applied Ecology. Vol: 37. Pages 77-86.
"Decision theory in conservation biology: Are there rules of thumb?" is project ID: 2129