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Biology Seminar Series Presents: Dr. Mark Schwartz

September 29 @ 3:00 pm - 4:15 pm MDT

Conservation introductions and wildland fire research as case studies in actionable science for natural resource management

A variety of initiatives are aimed at creating actionable science linking research to critical management objectives. I use conservation introductions and wildland fire response as case studies in how I, and others, have tried, with varying success, to bridge the scholarship – management divide to devise research questions that address critical research questions. The National Park Service and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have both identified decision-support for the introduction of species to new habitats for the purpose of conservation as a priority. Approaching the problem with different objectives in mind, and with differing priorities, these agencies have both engaged research – management teams to develop decision support. I describe these processes and the vision for how research is envisioned to interest with this decision support for individual cases. As a second case study, I examine how wildland fire response in California has tried to fund research in support of decision-making and direct funding toward solutions. I review the science to describe the biggest challenges faced in California to try and identify the biggest barriers to success in reducing wildfire risk to people and natural systems.