Journal article

Adaptive management improves decisions about where to search for invasive species

Tracy M Rout, Cindy E Hauser, Michael A McCarthy, Joslin L Moore

Biological Conservation | Elsevier | Published : 2017

Abstract

Invasive species managers must decide how best to allocate surveillance and control effort through space. Doing this requires the predicted location of the invasive species, and these predictions come with uncertainty. While optimal surveillance designs have been developed for many invasive species, few have considered uncertainty in species distribution and abundance. Adaptive management has long been recommended for managing natural systems under uncertainty, but has not yet been applied to searching for invasive species. We investigate whether an adaptive management approach can increase the number of individuals found and removed, as compared to a naïve allocation of search effort or “co..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council (ARC)


Awarded by ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions


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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Grant (DP110101499) to TMR and JLM, and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CE110001014). CEH was supported by an ARC Linkage Grant (LP100100441; 40%), the NERP Environmental Decisions Hub (20%), and an ARC Discovery Grant (DP160100745; 40%) to JLM.