On April 28-29, 2015, the University of California, Davis offered a course in adaptive management for environmental professionals at its Sacramento location. Paul Weiland taught the course with Erica Fleishman, who is with the John Muir Institute of the Environment at University of California, Davis.
The course explored the history, policy and legal contexts, and implementation of adaptive management in the United States. Participants gained hands-on experience in developing conceptual models and theories of change to identify hypotheses that are feasible to test iteratively through the adaptive management process. Among other things, the instructors addressed assessment and synthesis of scientific information, specification of success criteria, and adjustment of models and actions, including monitoring.