Monitoring and Value of Information

To make effective environmental decisions we need information. This information allows to us to understand ecological, social, economic systems and assess the consequences of management or planning decisions that we make. However, gaining new information is not free; it costs time and money to undertake surveys or other types of data collection. So gaining new information will only be valuable then if the benefits of the new information outweigh the costs. We are interested in understanding when, where and what type of information provides the greatest benefits for conservation outcomes.

Current Projects

  •  Selecting Socio-ecological Indicators for Conservation

  •  The Value of Social Network Information for Conservation Planning

  •  What is the Value of Learning about Minimum Viable Populations Sizes?

  •  The Value of Incorporating Detection Errors into Conservation Planning

Selected Publications


Maxwell, S. L., J. R. Rhodes, M. C. Runge, H. P. Possingham, C. F. Ng, and E. McDonald-Madden. 2015. How much is new information worth? Evaluating the financial benefit of resolving management uncertainty. Journal of Applied Ecology 52:12-20.


Wilson, H. B., J. R. Rhodes, and H. P. Possingham. 2015. Two additional principles for determining which species to monitor. Ecology 96:3016-3022.


Runting, R., K. Wilson, and J. R. Rhodes. 2013. Does more mean less? The value of information for conservation planning under sea level rise. Global Change Biology 19:352-363.


Rhodes, J. R. and N. Jonzén. 2011. Monitoring temporal trends in spatially structured populations: how should sampling effort be allocated between space and time? Ecography 34:1040-1048.

MONITORING AND Value of information