Structured decision making: Chapter 5

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Edited by: Paul R. Krausman and James W. III Cain



Wildlife management is a decision-focused discipline. It needs to integrate traditional wildlife science and social science to identify actions that are most likely to achieve the array of desires society has surrounding wildlife populations. Decision science, a vast field with roots in economics, operations research, and psychology, offers a rich set of tools to help wildlife managers frame, decompose, analyze, and synthesize their decisions. The nature of wildlife management as a decision science has been recognized since the inception of the field, but formal methods of decision analysis have been underused. There is tremendous potential for wildlife management to grow further through the use of formal decision analysis. First, the wildlife science and human dimensions of wildlife disciplines can be readily integrated. Second, decisions can become more efficient. Third, decisions makers can communicate more clearly with stakeholders and the public. Fourth, good, intuitive wildlife managers, by explicitly examining how they make decisions, can translate their art into a science that is readily used by the next generation.
Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Structured decision making: Chapter 5
Year Published 2013
Language English
Publisher The Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher location Baltimore, MD
Contributing office(s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description 23 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Subtype Other Government Series
Larger Work Title Wildlife Management and Conservation: Contemporary Principles and Practices
First page 51
Last page 73
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