We are pleased to announce the Daniel Goodman Memorial Symposium to be held March 20-21, 2014 at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. The theme of the symposium is Decision-Making under Uncertainty: Risk Assessment and the Best Available Science. The purpose of the symposium is to honor our friend and mentor Dr. Daniel Goodman who died unexpectedly on 14 November 2012. Early in his career, Dan served as a research associate at Cornell University, a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of California, San Diego, but spent the last 25 years of his career as a professor at Montana State University in the Biology and Ecology Departments. He devoted his career and extraordinary intellect to a wide range of theoretical and applied problems in ecology, conservation biology, and environmental science, focusing much of his later work on addressing the complex problems associated with managing natural resources when data are insufficient and uncertainty is significant. We organized this symposium to recognize Dan’s extraordinary contributions to the various fields in which he worked and to help us better understand and appreciate Dan’s impact on these fields.
Dan had a remarkable ability to assess complex problems, describe them clearly, and offer highly thoughtful and scientifically-sound solutions. We hope that the insights gained through the symposium will allow us to improve our own approaches to natural resource problem-solving, decision-making, and risk assessment even when faced with large uncertainty in our knowledge and potential outcomes. The symposium will also help us disseminate Dan’s ideas to a broader audience, thereby strengthening conservation and environmental science far into the future.
The symposium will be organized around the broad topics that Dan worked on during his prolific career: marine mammals, salmon & freshwater fisheries, marine fisheries, ecosystem modeling, Bayesian statistics, ecological decision-making and risk assessment, Endangered Species Act policy, and hazardous materials and environmental monitoring. Presenters in each topic area will describe Dan’s contributions to that topic, identify the major principles evident in his approach, illustrate them with examples, and describe how others are now building on Dan’s work. The final portion of the symposium will be dedicated to discussing and synthesizing the common themes presented during the symposium related to Dan’s approach to problem-solving, decision-making, and risk management in the context of conservation and environmental science.
Our intent is to produce videos of the symposium for webcast and classroom use for those who are interested in the topics covered in the symposium but are unable to attend. We will also be publishing a symposium proceedings volume to ensure long-term access to the research and ideas presented at the symposium.