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Social-Ecological Modeling to Solve Wicked Conservation Problems

Matthew Holden

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions

Katrina Davis

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions

Conservation is increasingly framed or analyzed as a coupled social-ecological problem. Matthew Holden will start by presenting a case study using dynamic models to solve the African elephant poaching crisis and Katrina Davis will discuss the value of resolving different sources of uncertainty in coupled-social ecological systems.

Matthew Holden is a theoretical ecologist who uses dynamic models and decision theory to improve conservation planning. He is especially interested in determining the most cost-effective management actions when conservation benefits depend on how humans modify their behavior in response to policy.

Katrina Davis focuses on the economics of conservation. Her research investigates optimal use of natural resources to maximize the productivity of human and ecological systems. Her current research examines how to integrate expert and stakeholder preferences for marine ecological features by incorporating non-market valuation into marine spatial optimization.

Holden and Davis are postdoctoral research fellows at the Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions at the University of Queensland, Australia.

This event is a brown bag seminar

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.