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NIMBioS Tutorial

Adaptive Management

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Topic: Adaptive Management

Meeting dates: April 1-3, 2020

Location: NIMBioS at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Instructors and co-organizers:

  • Iadine Chadés, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
  • Paul L. Fackler, Agricultural & Resource Economics, North Carolina State Univ.
  • David Kling, Applied Economics, Oregon State Univ.
  • Michael Springborn, Environmental Science and Policy, Univ. of California, Davis

Co-organized in cooperation with Suzanne Lenhart (NIMBioS and Mathematics, Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville) and Greg Wiggins (NIMBioS)

Objectives

Adaptive management seeks to determine sound management strategies in the face of uncertainty concerning the behavior of the system being managed. Specifically it attempts to find strategies for managing dynamic systems while learning the behavior of the system. This tutorial introduces participants to methods for modeling adaptive management, with an emphasis on case studies drawn from environmental and natural resource management. The tutorial reviews the key concept of a Markov Decision Process (MDP) and demonstrates how quantitative adaptive management strategies can be developed using MDPs. Additional conceptual, computational and application aspects will be discussed, including: dynamic programming and Bayesian formalization of learning. Case study applications covered in the tutorial will include management of endangered, invasive, and harvested wild populations. The tutorial features hands-on activities designed to help participants incorporate adaptive management approaches into their own research activities. Some prior knowledge of dynamic optimization, population modeling and/or computer programming is desirable.

The tutorial is appropriate for faculty, post-docs, advanced graduate students, and industry professionals in resource economics, applied ecology, conservation biology, applied mathematics and related fields.

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Application deadline: January 2, 2020


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Participation in the workshop is by application only. Individuals with a strong interest in the topic are encouraged to apply, and successful applicants will be notified within two weeks of the application deadline. Limited travel support is available for those with a demonstrated need.

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