Life Sciences Seminar Series
|Name:||Angela Matz, Mark Lindberg, Tom Paragi|
|Title:||Decision Analysis: A Vital Communication Tool for Natural Resource Management|
|Date:||Friday, 6 March 2015|
|Location:||Murie Life Science Bldg, Murie Auditorium.|
A transparent framework for making optimal decisions based on clear objectives is a defensible and compelling process for natural resource management. Decision Analysis (DA) provides such a framework and is also a venue for communication among stakeholders, those with a vested interest in the outcome of a decision. Improved communication leads to increased collaboration and efficiency. We show how we commonly use DA for life decisions and describe when DA is most appropriate for management. We then provide a detailed example of how DA has been effectively used for 20 years for harvest management of North American waterfowl through an adaptive process, informing and promoting collaboration among a diverse set of stakeholders. Finally, we describe our personal journeys to DA and offer suggestions for how we believe this process should be a more integral part of education and training for biologists. Given shrinking budgets and elevated levels of controversy about natural resource management in Alaska we suggest that we should look to DA as a process for more efficient and collaborative decisions about resources since we often share common objectives. However, even when our objectives differ, this process can inform decisions and stand up to scrutiny, including courts.
About the Speaker:
Mark Lindberg came to UAF after 3 years on the faculty at the University of Montana and 2 years as a research scientist with Ducks Unlimited. He has a M.S. in wildlife science from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Management from UAF. His research interest is population dynamics of vertebrates, particularly birds and especially waterfowl. He develops and uses state-of-art methods to sample and analyze data sets on marked individuals. His current research in Alaska includes physiological and landscape ecology of loons in northern Alaska, population dynamics and disease ecology of waterbirds in interior Alaska, population ecology Prince of Wales Island Spruce Grouse, development of survey and sampling protocols for the National Park Service, and the effects of predator removal on moose population ecology. He also continues to be involved with long-term studies of population dynamics of prairie nesting waterfowl.
Tom Paragi is a research wildlife biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Fairbanks He has degrees in wildlife management from UAF and the University of Maine. His career in Alaska starting in 1985 included working summers for the U.S. Forest Service during college, then nine years following graduate school for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on several national wildlife refuges, and finally since 1999 for ADF&G. His experience includes mammals, birds, and habitat with recent interest in policy analysis of game and habitat management systems.
Browse Life Sciences SeminarsThe fall 2014 faculty coordinators for this seminar series are Tamara Harms and Robert "Trey" Coker. The staff coordinator is Marie Thoms. Beginning in 2013, many of the seminars were recorded and can be viewed online. Speakers are listed in chronological order within academic years. Beginning in 1966 and continuing today, IAB hosts a weekly seminar for faculty, students, staff and the public during the academic year. The series attracts life scientists from Alaska and around the world.
If you wish to meet with a particular speaker, please contact one of the seminar coordinators or the IAB director's office at 907-474-7649.
- 9/5/14 (Ken Cameron)
- 9/12/14 (Perry Barboza)
- 9/17/14 (John R. Speakman)
- 9/26/14 (Michael Harris)
- 10/3/14 (Heiko U. Wittmer)
- 10/10/14 (Barbara Taylor)
- 10/17/14 (Stacy Rasmus)
- 10/24/14 (Andrea Bersamin)
- 10/31/14 (Link Olson)
- 11/7/14 (Kerry L. Nicholson)
- 11/14/14 (David J. Meltzer)
- 11/21/14 (Teresa Hollingsworth)
- 12/5/14 (Jay Ver Hoef)
- 1/23/15 (Donald "Skip" Walker, Martha Raynolds, Marcel Buchhorn, Mikhail Kanevskiy, Yuri Shur)
- 2/13/15 (Matthew Mumma)
- 2/20/15 (Link Olson's lab)
- 2/27/15 (Falk Huettmann)
- 3/6/15 (Angela Matz, Mark Lindberg, Tom Paragi)
- 4/10/15 (Marilyn Winkleby)