Conservation Planning for Migratory Animals

Each year, billions of dollars are spent on conserving and managing migratory species worldwide. However, decisions on how to allocate funds for conservation are largely based on ad-hoc approaches or simple ranking methods. Part of the research in the Norris lab seeks to integrate demographic and movement data across multiple stages of the annual cycle to develop optimal conservation strategies for migratory species. We use both theoretical- and empirical-based models to explore how various population parameters influence resource allocation decisions.

Selected Publications

Sheehy, J, Taylor, CM & Norris, DR. 2011. The importance of stopover habitat for developing effective conservation strategies in migratory animals. Journal of Ornithology 152(S1): S161-S168.

Sheehy, J, Taylor, CM, McCann, KS & Norris, DR. 2010. Optimal conservation of migratory animals: integrating demographic information across seasons. Conservation Letters 3: 192-202.

Martin, TM, Chades, I, Arcese, P, Marra, PP, Possingham, HP & Norris DR. 2007. Optimal conservation of migratory species. Public Library of Science, One 2(8): e751.

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