@ScientistSophia is a master’s student studying international nature conservation (M.I.N.C.) at the University of Göttingen (Germany). Her research is broadly focused on understanding human-nature relationships and how individuals’ values influence their behavior. Integrating conservation psychology along with other social and natural sciences, her research draws on behavioral sciences to engage people in pro-environmental behaviors to improve the efficacy of conservation interventions. Sophia previously worked in the Peruvian Amazon conducting research to better understand land users’ interest in payments for ecosystem services where she saw the great need for behavioral scientists in this region. Currently, her thesis research explores park users’ value structures and their pro-environmental behaviors in Denali National Park, Alaska. Sophia plans on pursuing a PhD in human dimensions of conservation focused on deforestation prevention in Latin America. Check out her website for more information: Sophiawinklerschor.com #IAmConSoSci #ConSoSci #WomenInScience #conservationpsychology
Recent papers spotlight
Using human-wild dog issues as a lens, the authors of this paper found that understanding competing social constructions of wildlife can help managers better reduce conflict and develop more effective approaches to collaborative, integrative management.
Teel, T. L., Anderson, C. B., Burgman, M. A., Cinner, J., Clark, D., Estévez, R. A., Jones, J. P.G., McClanahan, T. R., Reed, M. S., Sandbrook, C. and St. John, F. A.V. (2018), Publishing social science research in Conservation Biology to move beyond biology. Conservation Biology, 32: 6–8. doi:10.1111/cobi.13059
As all SSWG members know, social science plays an important role in conservation research and practice. However, the position of social science research in key research journals is not always clear. In this editorial , Teel et al. discuss the role of social science in Conservation Biology , the flagship journal of the Society for Conservation Biology. They offer guidance on the suitability of manuscripts for publication, based on relevance and importance, and call for stronger representation of social scientist from diverse disciplines in the editorial and review process.
Veríssimo, D., Schmid, C., Kimario, F. F. and Eves, H. E. (2018), Measuring the impact of an entertainment-education intervention to reduce demand for bushmeat. Animal Conservation. doi:10.1111/acv.12396
The trade and consumption of bushmeat are major threats to biodiversity across the tropics. In this paper Verissimo et al. explore the efficacy of radio talk shows in attempts to reduce demand for bushmeat in northern Tanzania. Though the study shows no significant change in behavior, it highlights the need for rigorous monitoring and evaluation to identify behavior change success.
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