Videos by Workshop 3: Sustainable Management of Living Natural Resources
Comparing Uncertainties: How to tell what is Most Important
Management of stochastic renewable natural resources occurs in the presence of various forms of uncertainty (e.g., parametric, model, and state).While the implications of different types of uncertainty for management have been carefully analyzed individually, it is not clear when each different type of uncertainty is relatively more or less important for the resou...
Vector Dynamics and Disease Control
In this talk I will focus on the role of vector dynamics and its ecological and economic implications for disease control. Genetic methods of controlling insects and agricultural pests have advanced in recent years but their economic benefits remain largely unexplored. By integrating epidemiological and economic approaches we can build sensible mathematical models...
Disturbance, diversity and invasion ecology
Disturbances are ubiquitous in nature, and are believed to be strong drivers of both ecological diversity and species invasion. The need to address the impacts of environmental disturbance is increasingly urgent in the face of anthropogenic alterations to existing disturbance regimes. I will discuss how an ecological niche-based theory of disturbance, encompassing...
Integrating Ecologu and Economics to Manage Bioinvasions: where, when, who, and how much?
Biological invasions are spatial-dynamic processes â€” they unfold over space and time, driven by a combination of reproduction and dispersal. Consequently, their management requires weighing not only how much and when to invest in control to reduce their damages, but where controls should be applied. Furthermore, invasions unfold in landscapes co...
"Buying" conservation benefits from private landowners
Conservation organizations often rely on incentive payments to private landowners to "buy" conservation benefits. In evaluating the efficiency of such programs, conservation biologists have often assumed contracts can be acquired at landowners' willingness-to-accept. Were this possible it would represent something of a best possible outcome for cons...
Challenges in the management of natural systems
I will give an overview of mathematical challenges that arise in developing management strategies for natural systems. The emphasis will be on issues that arise from the nature of the biological systems, including, but not limited to, limited data, nonlinearities, stochasticity, constraints that arise from biological issues, and time scales. I will illustrate the ...