Our new book, Expert Knowledge and Its Application in Landscape Ecology (edited by Perera, Drew, and Johnson), was officially released today and may be of interest.

It’s available for preview through Springer (http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-1034-8) where you can buy the whole book or individual chapters.

Synopsis:

It is not uncommon for landscape ecologists to rely on advice and input of experienced professionals, albeit informally, in conducting research and devising solutions for applied problems in conservation and management.  Given the wealth of expert knowledge available, as well as the risks of its informal and implicit application in landscape ecology, it is necessary to formalize the use of expert knowledge and establish rigorous methodologies. In this context, Expert Knowledge: Its Application in Landscape Ecology explores several questions: who are experts; what is expert knowledge; and how is it elicited, characterized, and applied.  It examines a range of expert knowledge applications from Australia, Canada, and USA; across forest, wetland, and marine ecosystems.  The book is written for researchers, graduate students, and practitioners in landscape ecology. It will also interest a broader readership, for example, those who focus on conservation biology, wildlife ecology, wildland fire, ecoregionalization, and conservation and management of terrestrial and marine resources.


Table of Contents:
Experts, Expert Knowledge, and Their Roles 
in Landscape Ecological Applications 
Ajith H. Perera, C. Ashton Drew, and Chris J. Johnson
 
What Is Expert Knowledge, How Is Such Knowledge 
Gathered, and How Do We Use It to Address Questions 
in Landscape Ecology
Marissa F. McBride and Mark A. Burgman
 
3  Elicitator: A User-Friendly, Interactive Tool to Support 
Scenario-Based Elicitation of Expert Knowledge 
Samantha Low-Choy, Allan James, Justine Murray, 
and Kerrie Mengersen
Eliciting Expert Knowledge of Forest Succession 
Using an Innovative Software Tool 
Michael Drescher, Lisa J. Buse, Ajith H. Perera, 
and Marc R. Ouellette
Expert Knowledge as a Foundation for the Management 
of Secretive Species and Their Habitat 
C. Ashton Drew and Jaime A. Collazo
 
Incorporating Expert Knowledge in Decision-Support 
Models for Avian Conservation 
Allison T. Moody and James B. Grand
 
An Expert-Based Modeling Approach to Inform 
Strategic and Operational Land Management Decisions 
for the Recovery of Woodland Caribou
R. Scott McNayx Contents
 
Using Expert Knowledge Effectively: 
Lessons from Species Distribution Models 
for Wildlife Conservation and Management 
Chris J. Johnson, Michael Hurley, Eric Rapaport, 
and Michael Pullinger
 
Exploring Expert Knowledge of Forest Succession: 
An Assessment of Uncertainty and a Comparison 
with Empirical Data
Michael Drescher and Ajith H. Perera
10 Assessing Knowledge Ambiguity in the Creation 
of a Model Based on Expert Knowledge and Comparison 
with the Results of a Landscape Succession Model 
in Central Labrador 
Frédérik Doyon, Brian R. Sturtevant, Michael J. Papaik, 
Andrew Fall, Brian Miranda, Daniel D. Kneeshaw, 
Christian Messier, Marie-Josée Fortin, and Patrick M.A. James
11 Use of Expert Knowledge to Develop Fuel Maps 
for Wildland Fire Management 
Robert E. Keane and Matt Reeves
12 Using Bayesian Mixture Models That Combine Expert 
Knowledge and GIS Data to Defi ne Ecoregions 
Kristen J. Williams, Samantha Low-Choy, 
Wayne Rochester, and Clair Alston
13 Eliciting Expert Knowledge of Ecosystem Vulnerability 
to Human Stressors to Support Comprehensive 
Ocean Management
Carrie V. Kappel, Benjamin S. Halpern, Kimberly A. Selkoe, 
and Roger M. Cooke
14 Elicitation and Use of Expert Knowledge in Landscape 
Ecological Applications: A Synthesis 
Chris J. Johnson, C. Ashton Drew, and Ajith H. Perera