December 1, 4pm ET: SE CASC Science Seminar on Managing Waterfowl Harvest Under Climate Change

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Join us this fall/winter for a virtual science seminar series highlighting SE CASC funded projects supporting resource management actions across the Southeast. Each month a SE CASC researcher will provide an overview of their work and the management implications of their research findings. Learn more about this series


Managing Waterfowl Harvest Under Climate Change: Time-Dependent Optimal Policies to Address Non-Stationary Dynamics

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Anas platyrhynchos. Image credit: Alan Cressler.

Dr. Michael Runge, Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge
December 1, 2021 | 4PM ET
Registration is not required for this event. Click here to join the webinar.

Webinar Overview:
One of the central challenges for climate adaptation is anticipating changing dynamics in our management strategies. When and how should we act early to either mitigate or take advantage of the effects of a changing system? We explored this question in the context of setting waterfowl hunting regulations, using dynamic programming to find time-dependent optimal policies that account for, and indeed, anticipate, changes in the underlying demographic parameters. In this talk, we present results from a theoretical investigation of this question and discuss ongoing work with management agencies to apply the approach to waterfowl harvest management in the U.S. This webinar is co-hosted with the Northeast Climate Adaptation Science Center.

Learn more about the speaker:
Dr. Michael Runge is a research ecologist and decision analyst with the USGS Eastern Ecological Science Center at the Patuxent Research Refuge. His work focuses on integrating tools from the field of decision analysis with expertise in wildlife science to provide natural resource management agencies with relevant decision support.