Decision Analysis Webinar Series

The Decision Analysis Webinar Series is a venue for practitioners to engage in the process of decision analysis by exploring its application through case studies. Conservation issues often involve multiple goals and actions, levels of uncertainty, and a complex understanding of systems. Applying decision analysis to conservation problems can help to integrate strong science with values, laws, and policies. This series covers a variety of decision analysis topics including Structured Decision Making, Adaptive Management, facilitation techniques, and quantitative tools. View and register our upcoming webinars!

Decision Analysis Descriptions

Structured Decision Making to Facilitate Bird Monitoring in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (00:34:28) Recorded May 8, 2020

Presented by Auriel M.V. Fournier, Ph.D.

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill presented a wide variety of challenges, as well as unique opportunities for the Gulf of Mexico bird conservation community, including demonstrating the many values and goals of the diverse stakeholders and funders who are invested in the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and highlighting the need for Gulf of Mexico-wide information on birds and their habitats. The Gulf of Mexico Avian Monitoring Network used structured decision making to provide a framework for prioritizing bird monitoring decisions, and meet the bird conservation communities’ common objectives in a transparent way. We developed an objectives hierarchy, and a portfolio selection tool that allows us to score proposed monitoring projects based on the bird conservation community’s values. With the project’s benefit scores and estimated costs, we can now compare different sets of projects under different scenarios from decision makers (such as geographic or species diversity. While our structured decision making process has been focused on birds that use the Gulf of Mexico, these methods are not specific to that area or to birds, and these two ways of using structured decision making to inform bird monitoring strategies could be used to address challenges in other systems, taxa and geographies.