Mitch Eaton is a USGS Research Ecologist. 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 includes 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.