Linking population models to adaptive management

PopnModellingAMFrontiers in Ecology & Evolution has just published a mini-review written by José Lahoz-Monfort, Gurutzeta Guillera-Arroita and I on the role of population models within adaptive management.

Population modelling has been integral to the adaptive management process since its inception, with many of C.J. Walters’ articles from the 1970s centred around fish population growth and harvest. Still, they can drift apart – population modelling can be pursued without the sense of purpose and link to management outcomes demanded by adaptive management, while some shy away from the bold hypotheses and specific predictions that adaptive management needs and population modelling can provide. In our review article, we step through the adaptive management cycle and discuss how population modelling can be used for setting objectives, generating alternative hypotheses, predicting the consequences of management actions, and assessing the value of information.

Frontiers is an open-access academic publisher with a social-networking bent. The peer review process was rapid and a little more interactive than usual, with private conversation threading involving the editor, reviewers and authors. Informal peer review can continue even after publication, with a comment box located below the abstract (registration required) and all the requisite ‘sharing’ buttons – so now it’s your turn to tell us what you think.


Lahoz-Monfort J.J., Guillera-Arroita G. & Hauser C.E. (2014) From planning to implementation: explaining connections between adaptive management and population models. Frontiers in Ecology & Evolution 2:60. doi:10.3389/fevo.2014.00060


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