Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Washington
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Washington Project

Early Detection and Rapid Response: Choosing Monitoring Targets to Promote Management Effectiveness

September 2019 - September 2021


Participating Agencies

  • Invasive Species Program

Invasive species are a leading driver of biodiversity loss globally. Despite considerable efforts to control nuisance invasive species, such efforts are rarely successful due to financial constraints and continued uncertainty regarding the implementation of management and monitoring strategies. In decision-making processes, monitoring data can improve decision outcomes through two distinct processes. First, in state-dependent decisions, monitoring data can inform the manager about the state of the system. Second, in adaptive decisions, monitoring data can reduce critical uncertainties. We intend to evaluate how different monitoring data streams can improve management outcomes for invasive species control within a state-dependent adaptive management setting. Specifically, we focus our investigation on the management of invasive crayfish in ecosystems of the Pacific Northwest, using the rusty crayfish invasion in the Columbia River as an exemplar.