Monday, December 05, 2016

the McDonald-Madden lab

               solving compleX Environmental Decisions

 

OUR RESEARCH

Our work spans all forms of conservation decision-making including population management, organisational and government reporting, interacting species management, ecosystem services and conservation planning.

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OUR PEOPLE

Our researchers include dedicated post-doctoral staff and students, working across many of our research areas, and collaborating with other at UQ and elsewhere. 

 
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OUR PUBLICATIONS

Our research is published in top-class scientific journals. If you require access to these, click on the link or email the author through the link provided. 


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coast maths croppedThe diversity of life on earth is the natural infrastructure that underpins the global economy. It is also being lost at an unprecedented rate. Unfortunately, the resources available to stem this alarming global loss of biodiversity are both inadequate and poorly allocated. The former is undesirable, but the latter is inexcusable. We are a group of researcher and students led (mostly astray) by Dr Eve McDonald-Madden, based in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland. Our research is focussed on improving environmental decision-making.

To resolve questions in environmental decision-making we use a suite of analysis techniques that are largely novel to ecology and conservation. The foundation of our work is 'Decision Theory', a concept initially used to maximise the effectiveness of scarce military resources while dealing with the uncertainties always present in war. By investigating the use of techniques from fields such as manufacturing sciences, artificial intelligence research and economic theory we hope to improve decision-making in the face of complexity that is inherent, but often ignored, in environemtal problems, incorporating the social context of decisions, the complexity of interacting species and the uncertainty faced by decisions makers.

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