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Elizabeth Steel
FISH 513
Seattle Campus

Current Topics in Management, Conservation, and Restoration

Contemporary problems and issues in management, conservation, and restoration as they relate to aquatic and fisheries sciences.

Class description

The best available scientific information is expected as part of environmental management and decision-making. How can one use it to make the best decisions and what mistakes have been made in the past? Scientific information includes empirical field data, remotely sensed data, modeled relationships and predictions, and expert opinion. How are these different types of information used in management and decision-making? How should they be used? The course will review formal decision analysis tools but spend the majority of time critiquing case studies and examples of management needs and the available information for informing those decisions. We will also consider the best interpretation and use of on-going scientific research projects, the value of monitoring, and the realities of adaptive management. We will conclude by asking managers and scientists to explain and provide examples of how scientific information is used in decision-making. Confirmed speakers include the Director of the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Treasurer of Microsoft Corporation, and a Senior Scientist from The Nature Conservancy.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Elizabeth Steel
Date: 03/28/2005