OREGON — This week, Pacific Northwest Research Station scientist Bruce Marcot is working with Australian colleagues from the University of Melbourne to finalize a major review of recent advances in integrating Bayesian network modeling with environmental assessments and decision analysis. These modeling approaches can be used in many different environments; Marcot will share them throughout the Forest Service as well as with international partners.
Last October, in Portland, Oregon, the research station hosted officials from Australia’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. The following month, Marcot continued this collaboration by visiting environmental managers in Australia and New Zealand. His goals were to provide new consultations on a variety of forestry programs and initiate new contacts and projects.
At the University of Melbourne, Marcot delivered a keynote address at the joint international conference of the Australasian Bayesian Network Modelling Society and the Society for Risk Analysis. He spoke on the use of expert knowledge in ecological modeling and met with researchers and managers from several countries in the region, discussing many topics related to decision science, ecological modeling, and statistical theory. At a modelling society board of directors meeting, he was voted in as a board member and honored as the organization’s first and only lifetime member. continue reading