Thesis / Dissertation

Birds in the sky, fish in the sea, money in the bank: quantitative methods for more effective conservation

Gerard Edward Ryan, Michael McCarthy (ed.)

Published : 2021

Abstract

My approach in this thesis was to explore how to wring more information out of existing data to reduce uncertainty, improve decision-making and hope to generate better conservation outcomes. I explore and develop a range of quantitative tools to this end. I look at three key areas: dealing with uncertainty, structuring decision making, and improving the use of existing information. I consider these concepts over three thematic case studies: monitoring the abundance of three vulture species in Cambodia, trading-off the costs and benefits of releasing information publicly when a new species or population is discovered, and comparing use of optimisation and project prioritisation protocols to a..

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