I am a current Master of Science (botany) student, supervised by Michael Bode and Geoff Heard. My research will explore uncertainty in metapopulation models using the expected value of perfect information (EVPI). I am using the Growling Grass Frog as a case study.
More specifically, EVPI determines the degree to which management performance will improve when we know certain information versus not knowing certain information. Knowing certain information can change which management action we choose to take (for example, placing a new wetland near an occupied patch or placing a new wetland next to a large patch when occupancy is unknown). The information or ‘uncertainty’ I am interested in is the knowledge of initial occupancy states of the Growling Grass Frog at 9 sites along the Merri Creek (Bald Hill). I aim to discover by how much this knowledge will change the management action and management performance for growling grass frog conservation management.