Title: Population modeling in endangered species decision making and management
Abstract: Protecting and managing endangered species is intended to prevent the imminent extinction or at least to reduce extinction probability for that species. Population models and viability analyses are essential tools for predicting species persistence and extinction risk and these models provide excellent opportunities for evaluating endangered species management decisions with respect to persistence and extinction. In this seminar I present example applications of population models to endangered species management decisions of incidental take allowances and establishing recovery criteria for a listed species. I use an evolving meta-population for Piping Plovers in the Great Plains and use that model assess incidental take permits and to generate a recovery criteria table linking measureable attributes of the population to extinction risk via regression analysis of the simulated data.
** Refreshments will be served and CFEs are available.
Dr. Conor McGowan is from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Wake Forest University with a BS in Biology in 2000, from N.C. State University with an MS in Zoology in 2004 and completed his Ph.D. in Fisheries and Wildlife at the University of Missouri in 2008. After completing a post-doc at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center he joined the U.S. Geological Survey, Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit in July 2010. He has expertise in wildlife ecology, population modeling, decision analysis, endangered species management and ornithology.