Animal Conservation Seminar Series
Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Informing invasive species policy and management through economic analysis
Dr. Rebecca “Becky” Epanchin-Niell (Resources for the Future, Washington, DC)
Friday, January 27th, 2017, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Rudder Tower 501
Abstract: Biological invasions are driven by trade, travel and the movement of goods, and in turn affect ecological systems, economic activities, and societal well-being. Thus ecological and economic analysis both play key roles in understanding invasion processes and identifying strategies to limit invasion introduction, spread, and impacts. This talk will highlight the role of economic analysis in designing effective invasive species policy, drawing on examples spanning invasion prevention to the coordinated management of species spreading across the landscape. Integrated ecological-economic analysis helps identify the greatest conservation “bang for the buck” when allocating scarce resources, as well as design policies that account for stakeholder response.
Bio: Dr. Becky Epanchin-Niell’s research targets the intersection of ecology and management and seeks to design policy and management approaches that cost-effectively achieve conservation outcomes. Her works spans invasive species, ecosystem, and imperiled species management, recognizing that limited conservation resources and challenging trade-offs hinder conservation management.