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Structured Decision Making Case Studies in Natural Resource Management

By: Michael C Runge(Editor), Sarah J Converse(Editor), James E Lyons(Editor), David R Smith(Editor), Hugh P Possingham(Foreword By)
288 pages, 4 b/w photos, 57 b/w illustrations
Structured Decision Making
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  • Structured Decision Making ISBN: 9781421437569 Hardback Jul 2020 Usually dispatched within 5 days
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About this book

When faced with complicated, potentially controversial decisions that affect our environment, many resource management agencies have come to realize the value of structured decision making (SDM) – the systematic use of principles and tools of decision analysis. Few professionals, however, have extensive experience implementing SDM. Structured Decision Making provides key information to both current adopters of the method and those who are deploying it for the first time by demonstrating the formal use of decision analysis to support difficult, real-world natural resource management decisions. Drawing on case studies from multiple public agencies in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Mauritius, the editors present an overview of decision analysis, a classification of decision types, and a catalog of decision analysis methods. Dozens of detailed charts and maps help contextualize the material.

These case studies examine a rich variety of topics, including
- keeping forest birds free from disease
- conserving imperiled freshwater mussels
- managing water for oil sands mining
- dealing with coastal wetlands in the face of sea-level rise
- designing networks for prairie-dependent taxa
- combatting invasive alpine shrubs
- managing vernal pool habitats for obligate amphibian species
- and much more

Aimed at decision makers tackling natural resource challenges in government agencies around the world, as well as advanced undergraduate and graduate students preparing to work in natural resource management, Structured Decision Making shows how SDM can be implemented to achieve optimal outcomes that integrate social values and scientific understanding.


Foreword, by Hugh P. Possingham

1 Decision Analysis for Managing Public Natural Resources / Michael C. Runge and Ellen A. Bean

Part 1. Structuring Decisions
2 Introduction to Structuring Decisions / David R. Smith
3 Allocating Funds under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan / Michael C. Runge
4 Keeping Hawai'i's Forest Birds One Step Ahead of Disease in a Warming World / Eben H. Paxton and Jim Kraus

Part 2. Addressing Trade-Offs
5 Introduction to Multi-criteria Decision Analysis / Sarah J. Converse
6 Strategic Conservation of an Imperiled Freshwater Mussel, the Dwarf Wedgemussel, in North Carolina / David R. Smith and Sarah E. McRae
7 Spawning Closures for Coral Reef Fin Fish / Terry Walshe and Stephanie Slade
8 Managing Water for Oil Sands Mining / Dan W. Ohlson, Andrew J. Paul, and Graham E. Long

Part 3. Addressing Resource Allocation
9 Introduction to Resource Allocation / James E. Lyons
10 Resource Allocation for Coastal Wetland Management: Confronting Uncertainty about Sea-Level Rise / James E. Lyons, Kevin S. Kalasz, Gregory Breese, and Clint W. Boal
11 Reserve Network Design for Prairie-Dependent Taxa in South Puget Sound / Sarah J. Converse, Beth Gardner, and Steven Morey
12 Optimizing Resource Allocation for Managing a Shrub Invading Alpine Peatlands in Australia / Joslin L. Moore and Charlie Pascoe

Part 4. Addressing Risk
13 Introduction to Risk Analysis / Michael C. Runge and Sarah J. Converse
14 Addressing Disease Risk to Develop a Health Program for Bighorn Sheep in Montana / Sarah N. Sells, Michael S. Mitchell, and Justin A. Gude
15 Hedging against Uncertainty When Granting Permits for Mitigation / Jean Fitts Cochrane, Taber D. Allison, and Eric V. Lonsdorf
16 Dealing with Risk Attitudes in Supplementary Feeding of Mauritius Olive White-Eyes / Stefano Canessa, Christelle Ferrière, Nicolas Zuël, and John G. Ewen

Part 5. Addressing Knowledge Gaps
17 Introduction to Prediction and the Value of Information / David R. Smith
18 Developing Performance Criteria for a Population Model for Indiana Bat Conservation / Jennifer A. Szymanski and Lori B. Pruitt
19 Using a Research Experiment to Reduce Key Uncertainty about Managing Vernal Pool Habitats for Obligate Amphibian Species / Adam W. Green and Larissa L. Bailey
20 Prioritizing Uncertainties to Improve Management of a Reintroduction Program / Sarah J. Converse

Part 6. Addressing Linked and Dynamic Decisions
21 Introduction to Linked and Dynamic Decisions / Michael C. Runge
22 Restoration of Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Region / Victoria M. Hunt, Melinda G. Knutson, and Eric V. Lonsdorf
23 An Adaptive Approach to Vegetation Management in Native Prairies of the Northern Great Plains / Clinton T. Moore, Jill J. Gannon, Terry L. Shaffer, and Cami S. Dixon
24 Decision Implementation and the Double-Loop Process in Adaptive Management of Horseshoe Crab Harvest in Delaware Bay / Conor P. McGowan, James E. Lyons, and David R. Smith


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Michael C. Runge is a research ecologist at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. Sarah J. Converse is the unit leader of the USGS Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit and an associate professor at the University of Washington. James E. Lyons is a research ecologist at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. David R. Smith is a research statistician at the USGS Leetown Science Center.

- Taber D. Allison
- Larissa L. Bailey
- Ellen A. Bean
- Clint W. Boal
- Gregory Breese
- Stefano Canessa
- Jean Fitts Cochrane
- Sarah J. Converse
- Cami S. Dixon
- John G. Ewen
- Christelle Ferrière
- Jill J. Gannon
- Beth Gardner
- Adam W. Green
- Justin A. Gude
- Victoria M. Hunt
- Kevin S. Kalasz
- Melinda G. Knutson
- Jim Kraus
- Graham Long
- Eric V. Lonsdorf
- James E. Lyons
- Conor P. McGowan
- Sarah E. McRae
- Michael S. Mitchell
- Clinton T. Moore
- Joslin L. Moore
- Steven Morey
- Dan W. Ohlson
- Charlie Pascoe
- Andrew Paul
- Eben H. Paxton
- Lori B. Pruitt
- Michael C. Runge
- Sarah N. Sells
- Terry L. Shaffer
- Stephanie Slade
- David R. Smith
- Jennifer A. Szymanski
- Terry Walshe
- Nicolas Zuël

By: Michael C Runge(Editor), Sarah J Converse(Editor), James E Lyons(Editor), David R Smith(Editor), Hugh P Possingham(Foreword By)
288 pages, 4 b/w photos, 57 b/w illustrations
Media reviews

"[...] The editors state that the text is aimed at existing decision-makers and advanced undergraduates/ graduates. In this context, it clearly demonstrates how and why a structured approach is beneficial, In essence, what we have here is a framework for critical thinking. it gives these readers a way in which to structure, or at least think about, ways whereby their work might be exacting and transparent with all factors given their due weight. As such, the book is a very useful addition to this work, not least by its own internal logic and use of diverse cases – something for everybody. Yet it deserves a wider readership. Complex ecological issues call out for a more formalized way of thinking about and analysing them. Here, the text becomes less of a manual for those already with an idea and a very useful exemplar of critical thinking. Ifs a useful pattern book of ideas to develop schema as their knowledge grows. It should find a place in the work of the first group but also be seen as an excellent aid for critical teaching for the latter group."
– Paul Ganderton, The Niche 53(1), spring 2022

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