Scientists, governments and conservation agencies rely on ecological surveys to inform their species
management decision making. Advances in methods of ecological survey may improve efficiency but they are
risky until they are tested. This project aims to build a framework that optimally allocates resources among
different survey methods over time. This new framework will advance the theory of ecological survey design by
addressing uncertainty in detection, and provide better understanding of emerging methods such as eDNA
sampling, drones and sniffer dogs. This framework will be used to develop the best schedule for introducing new
methods to four current management problems in Australia and the USA.