Chapter 3. Decision-Making by Users of Biological Resources

  1. E. J. Milner-Gulland1 and
  2. Ruth Mace2

Published Online: 5 AUG 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch3

Conservation of Biological Resources

Conservation of Biological Resources

How to Cite

Milner-Gulland, E. J. and Mace, R. (eds) (1998) Decision-Making by Users of Biological Resources, in Conservation of Biological Resources, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444313598.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Ecosystems Analysis and Management Group, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Anthropology, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 AUG 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 JUL 1998

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780865427389

Online ISBN: 9781444313598



  • decision-making by users of biological resources;
  • analysing human decision-making;
  • optimal harvesting policy for sustainable use;
  • biological fitness in the Darwinian sense;
  • payoff matrix for decision making under risk;
  • Bayesians and classicists and tackling uncertainty;
  • utility analysis of and risk-neutral;
  • foraging theory and optimality;
  • dynamic optimality models and analysing decisions;
  • optimal foraging and maximising one's own biological fitness


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The theory of decision-making

  • Natural resources as economic goods

  • Summary