[SydPhil] Current Projects: Information in Conservation Biology

Kristie Miller kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 25 08:15:17 AEDT 2013

Dear all, this coming Monday at 1.00 in the Muniment Room Prof Mark Colyvan will be talking about:

Value of Information Studies in Conservation Biology
Mark Colyvan (University of Sydney)
Abstract:  It has been mostly assumed that more and better quality data will lead to better conservation management decisions. Indeed, this assumption lies behind, and motivates, a great deal of work in conservation biology. Of course, more data can lead to better decisions in some cases but decision-theoretic models of the value of information show that in many cases the cost of the data is too high and thus not worth the effort of collecting. While such value-of-information studies are well known in economics and decision theory circles, their applications in conservation biology are relatively new and rather controversial. I discuss some reasons to be wary of wholesale acceptance of such studies.

See you all there.

Dr. Kristie Miller
Senior ARC Research Fellow
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry and
The Centre for Time
The University of Sydney
Sydney Australia
Room 407, A 14

kmiller at usyd.edu.au
kristie_miller at yahoo.com
Ph: +612 9036 9663

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