Wildlife and fisheries management are, at their core, decision-making exercises. The field of decision analysis offers a vast set of tools for framing, structuring, solving, implementing, and revisiting decisions, as well as for understanding the frailties of humans and institutions as decision makers. This workshop will outline the fundamentals of decision analysis, with an emphasis on participatory discussion and hands-on exercises. Topics covered will include: the structure of decisions; articulating objectives; developing creative alternatives; using the best available ecological and social science to evaluate alternatives; methods for analyzing different classes of decisions; decisions in the face of uncertainty; and the value of information. Throughout the workshop, the instructors will share insights from real-world application of these approaches in both terrestrial and aquatic settings. Registration fee includes a copy of the new book, ?Structured Decision Making: Case Studies in Natural Resource Management? from Johns Hopkins University Press ($75 value).
Organizers: Michael C. Runge, U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD; Sarah J. Converse, U.S. Geological Survey, Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Seattle, WA; James E. Lyons, U.S. Geological Survey, Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, Laurel, MD; Katrina Alger, U.S. Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center, Madison, WI; Sarah N. Sells, Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, Missoula, MT; Ashley Fortune Isham, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Conservation Training Center, Shepherdstown, WV
Supported by: Biometrics Working Group, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USFWS National Conservation Training Center