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


Olander, L, Polasky, S, Kagan, JS, Johnston, RJ, Wainger, L, Saah, D, Maguire, L, Boyd, J, and Yoskowitz, D. "So you want your research to be relevant? Building the bridge between ecosystem services research and practice." Ecosystem Services 26 (August 2017): 170-182.
Martin, TG, Camaclang, AE, Possingham, HP, Maguire, LA, and Chad├Ęs, I. "Timing of Protection of Critical Habitat Matters." Conservation Letters 10, no. 3 (May 2017): 308-316.
Wilson, RS, Hardisty, DJ, Epanchin-Niell, RS, Runge, MC, Cottingham, KL, Urban, DL, Maguire, LA, Hastings, A, Mumby, PJ, and Peters, DPC. "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, MA, Regan, HM, Maguire, LA, Colyvan, M, Justus, J, Martin, TG, and Rothley, K. "Voting systems for environmental decisions." Conservation Biology 28, no. 2 (January 1, 2014): 322-332. (Review)
Wilson, RS, Winter, PL, Maguire, LA, and Ascher, T. "Managing wildfire events: Risk-based decision making among a group of federal fire managers." Risk Analysis 31, no. 5 (2011): 805-818.
Burgman, M, Carr, A, Godden, L, Gregory, R, McBride, M, Flander, L, and Maguire, L. "Redefining expertise and improving ecological judgment." Conservation Letters 4, no. 2 (2011): 81-87.
Justus, J, Colyvan, M, Regan, H, and Maguire, L. "Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value." Trends in Ecology and Evolution 24, no. 4 (2009): 187-191.
Maguire, LA, and Justus, J. "Why intrinsic value is a poor basis for conservation decisions." BioScience 58, no. 10 (2008): 910-911.
Maguire, LA, and Albright, EA. "Can behavioral decision theory explain risk-averse fire management decisions?." Forest Ecology and Management 211, no. 1-2 (2005): 47-58.
Maguire, LA. "What can decision analysis do for invasive species management?." Risk Anal 24, no. 4 (August 2004): 859-868.

Contact Information

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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