Advancing Quantitative Methods for Natural Resource Decision-making

Development, application and evaluation of quantitative methods that can be applied across systems is critical to informing conservation and natural resource decision-making.  FWCB research in quantitative methods spans population biology and modeling, movement and spatial modeling, ecosystem services and decision science, sampling methods to improve detection and reduce bias, causality and inference in ecological data, and statistics applied to ecological and environmental problems.

Todd Arnold (Professor) develops methods to estimate population size and vital rates (e.g., nest success, brood survival) of wetland and grassland birds. He uses this information to model how management actions might change populations of birds, such as waterfowl.

Laura Dee (Assistant Professor) uses statistical and mathematical modeling approaches from ecology, decision science and economics to inform conservation and resource management in the face of climate change and uncertainty.

John Fieberg (Associate Professor) develops statistical and mathematical models that are used to analyze population trends and habitat use in a variety of ecosystems and species.

James Forester (Associate Professor) studies how animals alter their habitat selection and movement paths in response to variability in resources and risk.