Determining When to Change Course in Management Actions

Ng, Chooi Fei, Mccarthy, Michael A., Martin, Tara G. and Possingham, Hugh P. (2014) Determining When to Change Course in Management Actions. Conservation Biology, 28 6: 1617-1625. doi:10.1111/cobi.12382

Author Ng, Chooi Fei
Mccarthy, Michael A.
Martin, Tara G.
Possingham, Hugh P.
Title Determining When to Change Course in Management Actions
Journal name Conservation Biology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0888-8892
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cobi.12382
Open Access Status
Volume 28
Issue 6
Start page 1617
End page 1625
Total pages 9
Place of publication Hoboken, NJ United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, Inc.
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Abstract Time is of the essence in conservation biology. To secure the persistence of a species, we need to understand how to balance time spent among different management actions. A new and simple method to test the efficacy of a range of conservation actions is required. Thus, we devised a general theoretical framework to help determine whether to test a new action and when to cease a trial and revert to an existing action if the new action did not perform well. The framework involves constructing a general population model under the different management actions and specifying a management objective. By maximizing the management objective, we could generate an analytical solution that identifies the optimal timing of when to change management action. We applied the analytical solution to the case of the Christmas Island pipistrelle bat (Pipistrelle murrayi), a species for which captive breeding might have prevented its extinction.
Keyword Conservation decision making
Decision science
Optimal monitoring
Species recovery
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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