Unit faculty members have conducted research on attitudes towards coyotes, sharks, seals and other species.
Currently, Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit faculty members are leading a study of attitudes toward seals, “Stakeholder Views of Seals, Conflicts and Public Policy on the Massachusetts Coast.” This research represents the first comprehensive, quantitative surveys examining public attitudes toward seals among multiple stakeholder groups in the U.S. A team of faculty and students completed a pilot study in Nantucket in summer 2016. Surveys were administered by mail to voters and on-site to anglers and tourists.
The Human Dimensions of Wildlife Unit sponsors internships and directed studies that provide students with the opportunity to be involved in multiple steps of the research process, including data collection, processing and analysis. For information on internships or directed studies, please contact professor Jennifer Jackman.