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How Indeterminism Shapes Ecologists’ Contributions to Managing Socio-Ecological Systems
Publications of Affiliated Faculty: Nebraska Public Policy Center
  • Sarah Michaels, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
  • Andrew J. Tyre, University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Date of this Version
1-1-2012
Citation

Conservation Letters (2012) 5: 289-295. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00241.x.

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Copyright 2012, Wiley. Used by permission.

Abstract
To make a difference in policy making about socio-ecological systems, ecologists must grasp when decision makers are amenable to acting on ecological expertise and when they are not. To enable them to do so we present a matrix for classifying a socio-ecological system by the extent of what we don’t know about its natural components and the sodal interactions that affects them. We use four examples, Midcontinent Mallards, Laysan Ducks, Pallid Sturgeon, and Rocky Mountain Grey Wolves to illustrate how the combination of natural and social source of indeterminism matters. Where social indeterminism is high, ecologists can expand the range of possible science-based options decision makers might consider even while recognizing societal-based concerns rather than science will dominate decision making. In contrast, where natural indeterminism is low, ecologists can offer reasonably accurate predictions that may well serve as inputs into decision making. Depending on the combination of natural and social indeterminism characterizing a particular circumstance, ecologists have different roles to play in informing socio-ecological system management.
Citation Information
Sarah Michaels and Andrew J. Tyre. "How Indeterminism Shapes Ecologists’ Contributions to Managing Socio-Ecological Systems" (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/andrew_tyre/33/