Mitchell Eaton has joined the staff at the SE Climate Science Center as a Research Ecologist and will be serving as Adjunct Faculty in the Applied Ecology Department at NC State University. Mitch comes to us from New York’s USGS Fish and Wildlife Cooperative Unit at Cornell University where he served as Assistant Unit Leader. His research focuses on applied wildlife ecology, with a two-fold emphasis on decision analytic techniques for management and the use of quantitative methods for ecological inference.
His research program included parameter estimation and modeling species distribution/abundance and integrated species-habitat modeling to promote endangered species conservation. His work in decision analysis involves close collaboration with decision makers and their stakeholders to characterize management goals, the decision context and the most efficient use of science and monitoring to support decision-making. He applies principles of adaptive management to allow decisions to be made under uncertainty while formalizing learning through comparisons of observations with predicted system dynamics and behaviors.