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James T. Peterson is the Assistant Unit Leader and Associate Professor for the USGS Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Oregon State University. He has been developing and teaching courses in applied quantitative decision making to undergraduate and graduate students and professionals in natural resource and related disciplines for more than a decade.
Table of Contents
Guide to using this book
PART I. INTRODUCTION TO DECISION MAKING
Chapter 1- Introduction – Why a structured approach?
Chapter 2- Elements of structured decision making
Chapter 3 - Defining and achieving objectives in natural resource management
Chapter 4. Working with stakeholders in natural resource management
PART II. TOOLS FOR DECISION MAKING AND ANALYSIS
Chapter 5- Statistics and decision making
Chapter 6- Modeling the influence of decisions
Chapter 7 -Uncertainty in decision making
Chapter 8- Methods for obtaining optimal decisions
PART III. APPLICATIONS
Chapter 9- Case studies
Chapter 10 – Summary and recommendations
Appendix A. Probability and distributional relationships
Appendix B. Common statistical distributions
Appendix C. Methods for statistical estimation
Appendix D. Parsimony, prediction, and multi-model inference
Appendix E. Mathematical Approaches to Optimization
Appendix F. Guide to software
Appendix G. Electronic companion