Fish 558: Decision Analysis in Natural Resource Management


Recommended: QSCI 381  and QSCI 458 or FISH 458. Students should be familar with: (a) surplus production models, (b) age-structured models, (c) maximum likelihood estimation, (d) probability distributions such as the normal, gamma, and beta. 

The course examples and homework assignments require proficiency of R, and the use of maximum likelihood methods within R to fit models to data. Students who do not satisfy these prerequisites should contact the instructor.


5 homework assignments. 10 points (out of 100) will be deducted for each day that an assignment is submitted late.

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Students with Disabilities

To request academic accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206)543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability which requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructor so we can discuss the accommodations needed for this class

Religious Accomodation

Washington state law requires that UW develop a policy for accommodation of student absences or significant hardship due to reasons of faith or conscience, or for organized religious activities. The UWs policy, including more information about how to request an accommodation, is available at Religious Accommodations Policy. Accommodations must be requested within the first two weeks of this course using the Religious Accommodations Request form.