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Bill Labiosa

Regional Science Coordinator

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Dr. Bill Labiosa serves as the Regional Science Coordinator for the USGS Northwest Regional Office.  As Regional Science Coordinator, Bill develops and coordinates USGS strategic science efforts that support multi-partner management and recovery of major ecosystems, ecosystem services, and natural resources in the USGS Northwest Region; works closely with NW Regional science center directors, regional center scientists, and partners to develop strategic, interdisciplinary, collaborative science initiatives; and supports development and enhancement of partnerships with organizations key to the success of Department of the Interior and USGS science missions.

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McManus, E., K. Jenni, M. Clancy, K. Ghalambor, I. Logan, J. Langdon, S. Redman, B. Labiosa, K. Currens, T. Quinn, J. Burke. 2014. The 2014 Puget Sound Pressures Assessment. Puget Sound Partnership. Publication # 2014-04. Tacoma, WA. [Link]

Labiosa, W., Landis, W., Quinn, T., Johnston, R., Currens, K., Redman, S., and Anderson, R., 2014. Puget Sound Pressures Assessment Methodology. Puget Sound Partnership Technical Report 2014-02. [Download File]

Labiosa, W.B., et al., An integrated multi-criteria scenario evaluation web tool for participatory land-use planning in urbanized areas: The Ecosystem Portfolio Model, Environmental Modelling & Software, 2013, Vol. 41, pp. 210-222, [Link]

Kreitler, J., Papenfus, M., Byrd, K., and Labiosa, W., 2013. Interacting Coastal Based Ecosystem Services: Recreation and Water Quality in Puget Sound, WA. PLoS ONE 8(2): e56670. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0056670 [Link]

Wein, Anne, and Labiosa, William, 2013, Serious Games Experiment toward Agent-based Simulation: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 2013-1152, 30p. [Link]

Laura Norman, Miguel L. Villarreal, Rewati Niraula, Thomas Meixner, George Frisvold, and William Labiosa, 2013. Framing Scenarios of Binational Water Policy with a Tool to Visualize, Quantify and Valuate Changes in Ecosystem Services. Water, 5, 852-874; doi:10.3390/w5030852 [Link]

Anne D. Guerry, Mary H. Ruckelshaus, Katie K. Arkema, Joey R. Bernhardt, Gregory Guannel, Choong-Ki Kim, Matthew Marsik, Michael Papenfus, Jodie E. Toft, Gregory Verutes, Spencer A. Wood, Michael Beck, Francis Chan, Kai M.A. Chan, Guy Gelfenbaum, Barry D. Gold, Benjamin S. Halpern, William B. Labiosa, Sarah E. Lester, Phil S. Levin, Melanie McField, Malin L. Pinsky, Mark Plummer, Stephen Polasky, Peter Ruggiero, David A. Sutherland, Heather Tallis, Andrew Day & Jennifer Spencer, 2012. Modeling benefits from nature: using ecosystem services to inform coastal and marine spatial planning, International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, DOI:10.1080/21513732.2011.647835 [Link]

Miguel Villarreal, Laura Norman, and William Labiosa, 2012. Assessing the Vulnerability of Human and Biological Communities to Changing Ecosystem Services Using a GIS-based Multicriteria Decision Support Tool. Proceedings of the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs) 2012 International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software Managing Resources of a Limited Planet, Sixth Biennial Meeting, Leipzig, Germany. [Link]

Dianna Hogan, William Labiosa, Leonard Pearlstine, David Hallac, David Strong, Betty Grizzle, Richard Bernknopf, Paul Hearn, Anne Wein, 2011. Estimating the Cumulative Ecological Effect of Local Scale Landscape Changes in South Florida. Environmental Management. Volume 49, Number 2, 502-515, DOI: 10.1007/s00267-011-9771-8. [Link]

Byrd, K.B, Kreitler, J.R, and Labiosa, W.B, 2011. Tools and methods for evaluating and refining alternative futures for coastal ecosystem management—the Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model. U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2011–1279. [Link]

Norman, L.; Tallent-Halsell, N.; Labiosa, W.; Weber, M.; McCoy, A.; Hirschboeck, K.; Callegary, J.; van Riper III, C.; Gray, F. Developing an Ecosystem Services Online Decision Support Tool to Assess the Impacts of Climate Change and Urban Growth in the Santa Cruz Watershed; Where We Live, Work, and Play. Sustainability 2010, 2, 2044-2069. [Link]

William Labiosa, Richard Bernknopf, Paul Hearn, Dianna Hogan, David Strong, and Leonard Pearlstine, 2010. The South Florida Ecosystem Portfolio Model: A Web-Enabled Multicriteria Land Use Planning Decision Support System. Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (CD-ROM), Computer Society Press, January 5 - 8, 2010, 10 pp. [Link]

William Labiosa, Richard Bernknopf, Paul Hearn, Dianna Hogan, David Strong, Leonard Pearlstine, Amy Mathie, Anne Wein, Kevin Gillen, and Susan Wachter, 2009. The South Florida Ecosystem Portfolio Model – A Map-Based Multicriteria Ecological, Economic, and Community Land-Use Planning Tool. USGS Scientific Investigations Report 2009-5181. [Link]

Maier, H.R., Ascough II, J.C., Wattenbach, M., Renschler, C.S., Labiosa, W.B., Ravalico, J.K., 2008. Chap. 5: Uncertainty in Environmental Decision Making: Issues, Challenges, and Future Directions. In: Jakeman, A.J., Voinov, A.E., Rizzoli, A.E., Chen, S. (Eds.), Environmental Modelling and Software and Decision Support – Developments in Integrated Environmental Assessment (DIEA), vol. 3. Elsevier, The Netherlands, pp. 69–85. [Link]

Cullen, A.C., Labiosa, W., Levin, P., and Grossman, E., 2006, “Integrating the Sciences: Natural and Social Science Support for Decision-Making,” In Mary Ruckelshaus and Michelle McClure, eds., Sound Science: Synthesizing Ecological and Socio-economic Information about the Puget Sound Ecosystem, ed. Northwest Science Fisheries Center, NOAA Fisheries Service. [Link]

Labiosa, William B., Leckie, James O., Shachter, Ross, Freyberg, David, and Rytuba, James, 2005. Modeling Source/Linkage Analysis Uncertainty Using Simulation and Bayesian Networks for a Mercury TMDL in Northern California, Water Environment Federation, 1415-1433(19). [Link]

Labiosa, W.B., Leckie, J.O., Mumley, T., Rytuba, J., and Berknopf, R., 2003. A Decision Analysis Approach to TMDL Implementation Decisions: Mercury TMDLs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Proceedings of the National TMDL Science and Policy Specialty Conference, Water Environment Federation, November 16-19, 2003 [Link]


My Science Topics

Science Topic
Ecology and Environmentbiogeography
Ecology and Environmentecosystems
Ecology and Environmentenvironmental assessment

My USGS Science Strategy Areas

Understanding Ecosystems & Predicting Ecosystems Change

Climate Variability & Change

GIS-Based Multi-Criteria Decision Tools for Environmental Planning and Regional Ecosystems Restoration Planning

The Ecosystem Portfolio Model (EPM), a web-enabled Geographic Information System based decision support tool (, user = sflorida, password = alligator), integrates natural and social science information in a tradeoff analysis framework to assist with land use planning, proposed development review, and land use scenario exploration.  The primary objective of the EPM is to provide a framework for resource managers and planners to use to develop, assess, and communicate strategies for restoring and protecting important ecological values at risk from urban encroachment.  The EPM integrates natural science, land use, and relevant planning information to assist with land use scenario evaluation, land use planning, and ecological assessments related to land use. Users will be able to explore different land use scenarios, including restoration and development scenarios, and will be able to modify the ecological value model to test assumptions and explore tradeoffs between priorities. 

An important potential use of the tool is for communicating resource management interests and priorities in ecologically sensitive areas that face development pressure.  This project fits into my research interests in two major ways:  first, it involves decision support for a complex public decision-making situation in which conflicting values and objectives are a major obstacle.  By the use of a multi-criteria decision approach (to structure the tool) and multi-attribute utility theory (to re-scale and combine scores for individual criteria), the tool usefully and cohesively integrates scientific information with economic and social values. 

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Bill Labiosa
Seattle, WA 98104
206-220-4624 - Fax
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