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Human Dimensions of Wildlife Events

The Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit has sponsored numerous events on wildlife species, human-wildlife interactions and state and federal wildlife policy.

  • In December 2014, we held a panel on “Experiencing Wildlife: Recreation, Research and the Environment,” featuring a wildlife biologist, whale watch education director and national refuge visitor services director, which was attended by over 60 students and faculty. 
  • In February 2015, 150 students and faculty attended Professor Jackman’s Darwin Festival address on “Coyotes and bobcats and bears, Oh my!: Why public policy matters to wildlife in Massachusetts.”
  • As a part of Earth Days Week 2015, we brought Professor Jerry Vaske of Colorado State University-Fort Collins to campus to discuss the field of human dimensions of wildlife. Professor Allen Rutberg of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy joined representatives from Cape Ann Whale Watch and Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on a panel to discuss collaborations between researchers and advocacy organizations. The event was co-sponsored by the American Democracy Project as a part of the Stewardship of Public Lands project.
  • In September 2015, we sponsored a talk by State Representative Lori Ehrlich on “Putting Animals on the Agenda: How U.S. Policy Protects Wildlife Globally.” In December 2015, we showed the film “Breach,” a new documentary on Icelandic Whaling.
  • In 2015 and 2016, professors Jennifer Jackman (political science) and K.C. Bloom (sport and movement science) led week-long summer institutes on Experiencing Wildlife: Cape Cod and Nantucket.
  • In fall 2016, more than 100 students, faculty and staff have participated in the Wellness U Experiencing Wildlife Lecture Series and field trips, which has included presentations on seals, whales and birds.
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