Lynn A. Maguire

Lynn A. Maguire

Professor of the Practice Emeritus of Environmental Decision Analysis

Dr. Maguire's current research uses a combination of methods from decision analysis, environmental conflict resolution and social psychology to study environmental decision making. She focuses on collaborative decision processes where values important to the general public and stakeholders must be combined with technical analysis to determine management strategies. Her recent applications of decision analysis include the management of rare species, invasive species, and wildfire risk. Dr. Maguire is also using the principles of decision analysis to improve multicriteria rating systems, such as those used to set conservation priorities, and to develop frameworks used to value ecosystem services. She is involved in both empirical and conceptual research on perceptions of the time value of environmental resources, such as endangered species, and on the mismatches in timescales of ecological, social and political systems. Recent and current collaborations on timescales, ecosystem services and prioritization of endangered species recovery efforts have been facilitated by the National Center for Socioenvironmental Synthesis (SESYNC).

In The News


Gerber, Leah R., Michael C. Runge, Richard F. Maloney, Gwenllian D. Iacona, C Ashton Drew, Stephanie Avery-Gomm, James Brazill-Boast, et al. “Endangered species recovery: A resource allocation problem..” Science (New York, N.Y.) 362, no. 6412 (October 2018): 284–86.
Thompson, Grant G., Lynn A. Maguire, and Tracey J. Regan. “Evaluation of Two Approaches to Defining Extinction Risk under the U.S. Endangered Species Act..” Risk Analysis : An Official Publication of the Society for Risk Analysis 38, no. 5 (May 2018): 1009–35.
Olander, L. P., R. J. Johnston, H. Tallis, J. Kagan, L. A. Maguire, S. Polasky, D. Urban, J. Boyd, L. Wainger, and M. Palmer. “Benefit relevant indicators: Ecosystem services measures that link ecological and social outcomes.” Ecological Indicators 85 (February 1, 2018): 1262–72.
Olander, L., S. Polasky, J. S. Kagan, R. J. Johnston, L. Wainger, D. Saah, L. Maguire, J. Boyd, and D. Yoskowitz. “So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice.” Ecosystem Services 26 (August 1, 2017): 170–82.
Martin, T. G., A. E. Camaclang, H. P. Possingham, L. A. Maguire, and I. Chadès. “Timing of Protection of Critical Habitat Matters.” Conservation Letters 10, no. 3 (May 1, 2017): 308–16.
Wilson, Robyn S., David J. Hardisty, Rebecca S. Epanchin-Niell, Michael C. Runge, Kathryn L. Cottingham, Dean L. Urban, Lynn A. Maguire, Alan Hastings, Peter J. Mumby, and Debra P. C. Peters. “A typology of time-scale mismatches and behavioral interventions to diagnose and solve conservation problems..” Conservation Biology : The Journal of the Society for Conservation Biology 30, no. 1 (February 2016): 42–49.
Burgman, M. A., H. M. Regan, L. A. Maguire, M. Colyvan, J. Justus, T. G. Martin, and K. Rothley. “Voting systems for environmental decisions.” Conservation Biology 28, no. 2 (January 1, 2014): 322–32.
Wilson, R. S., P. L. Winter, L. A. Maguire, and T. Ascher. “Managing wildfire events: Risk-based decision making among a group of federal fire managers.” Risk Analysis 31, no. 5 (2011): 805–18.
Burgman, M., A. Carr, L. Godden, R. Gregory, M. McBride, L. Flander, and L. Maguire. “Redefining expertise and improving ecological judgment.” Conservation Letters 4, no. 2 (2011): 81–87.
Justus, J., M. Colyvan, H. Regan, and L. Maguire. “Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value.” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24, no. 4 (2009): 187–91.
Maguire, L. A., and J. Justus. “Why intrinsic value is a poor basis for conservation decisions.” Bioscience 58, no. 10 (2008): 910–11.
Maguire, L. A., and E. A. Albright. “Can behavioral decision theory explain risk-averse fire management decisions?.” Forest Ecology and Management 211, no. 1–2 (2005): 47–58.
Maguire, Lynn A. “What can decision analysis do for invasive species management?.” Risk Anal 24, no. 4 (August 2004): 859–68.

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Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
9 Circuit Dr, 4105 Environment Hall
Durham, NC 27708-0328


Ph.D., Utah State University (1980)
M.S., University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1974)
B.A., Harvard University (1972)

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