Ecological Policy, Natural Resource Management
Assessing alternative Pacific Northwest ecological futures; Pacific salmon policy and management; ecosystem management and alternative management paradigms; ecological policy and decision analysis; interface between science, scientists, and natural resource policy.
Pacific Northwest 2100 Project
My primary work these days is associated with the Pacific Northwest 2100 Project. This Project addresses the three overarching policy realities that will challenge natural resource and environmental agencies in the Pacific Northwest through this century: (1) the likely dramatic increase in the numbers of humans inhabiting Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and British Columbia; (2) a dramatically different climate which will impose different ecological constraints; and (3) the ongoing and intensifying collective demand for ecosystem services. Each of these three policy factors is critical in driving future ecological changes and each is inextricably intertwined.
Salmon 2100 Project
Throughout California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and southern British Columbia, wild salmon runs have declined and many have disappeared. The goal of the Salmon 2100 Project is to improve the quality and utility of assessments of the ecological consequences of options to restore wild salmon. It involves close collaboration with policy analysts, policy makers, policy advocates, and fisheries scientists in many organizations to develop long-term and broad-scale forecasts that are both policy relevant and scientifically credible. The hallmark of this effort is not to advocate for any specific policy choice, but rather to present the various policy options and an assessment of the probability of success of each.
The emphasis in FW 620 is on current and controversial North American and international ecological policy issues. Primary focus is exploring the role of scientists, technocrats, elected and appointed officials, the public, and interest/advocacy groups in ecological policy analysis and implementation. Specific topics considered are: (1) basic principles of policy analysis; (2) managing wildfire on public lands; (3) balancing competing demands for scarce water supplies; (4) managing large predatory wildlife, especially wolves, cougars, and grizzlies; (5) recovering and sustaining wild salmon runs; (6) determining appropriate use of genetically modified organisms; (7) resolving multiple use conflicts in managing public forests; (8) tackling human-caused climate change; (9) assessing the political clash over whaling and other marine mammals; and (10) unscrambling conflict and controversy over marine protected areas and ecosystem management.
Ph.D. - 1971 - Fisheries and Wildlife, Colorado State University
M.S. - 1968 - Zoology, University of Maine
B.S. - 1967 - Fisheries, Humboldt State University
Dr. Bob Lackey is professor of fisheries science at Oregon State University. In 2008 he retired from 27 years with the Environmental Protection Agency’s national research laboratory in Corvallis where he served as Deputy Director among other senior science and management jobs. Since his very first fisheries job mucking out raceways in a California trout hatchery, he has worked on an assortment of natural resource issues from various positions in government and academia. His professional assignments involved diverse aspects of natural resource management, but mostly he has operated at the interface between science and policy. He has published over 100 articles in scientific journals. Dr. Lackey has long been an educator, having taught at five North American universities and currently teaches a graduate course in ecological policy. Canadian by birth and a U.S.-Canadian dual-citizen, he lives in Corvallis, Oregon.
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