Illegal exploitation of wildlife is one of the biggest threats to biodiversity. Traditionally, actions to reduce poaching have focused on investing in law enforcement. However, recently, we have shifted a large amount of funding towards elaborate campaigns to reduce consumer demand for wildlife products. But which action is more efficient, policing or demand reduction? Using elephant poaching for ivory as an illustrative example, we will explore the dynamics and management of illegally harvested populations using techniques from classic dynamical systems theory.

About Statistics, modelling and operations research seminars

Students, staff and visitors to UQ are welcome to attend our regular seminars.

The events are jointly run by our Operations research and Statistics and probability research groups.

The Statistics, modelling and operations research (SMOR) Seminar series seeks to celebrate and disseminate research and developments across the broad spectrum of quantitative sciences. The SMOR series provides a platform for communication of both theoretical and practical developments, as well as interdisciplinary topics relating to applied mathematics and statistics.