Donald Ludwig

  • Position: Emeritus Professor
  • Address: Mathematics Department, UBC, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z2
  • Office location: Ecology Hut B8 Room 120H
  • Office phone: 604-822-2778
  • Fax: 604-822-6074

Research Interests

Resource Management and Conservation

My work is primarily concerned with management of resources and conservation. On the technical side, I try to correct simple assumptions and models that typically underestimate risks and foster complacency about human impact. I am also grappling with underlying attitudes and motivations that have produced disastrous results in management of resources. These are partially economic and social issues, but I think that technical difficulties are also a factor. This is especially true when substantial uncertainties are present, but decisions must be made. The economic literature on renewable and non-renewable resources would benefit more from attention to data, proper methods of inference and dealing with uncertainty. A recent paper with Walters and Hilborn led to an intense scientific discussion that was noted in a feature NY Times article.

Selected Recent Publications

Mathematical Biology at UBC

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