Adrian Treves

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Assistant Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies; Affiliated Faculty, Agroecology

Office: 30A Science Hall

Phone: (608) 890-1450

I am interested in how we balance human needs with wildlife conservation. To study this question, I explore people's conflicts with large carnivores, past and present in the USA and abroad. My field research centers on conflicts involving mammalian carnivores--particularly livestock predators. This line of inquiry takes me into livestock husbandry, wildlife management, human and carnivore behavior, and methods for mitigating human-carnivore conflicts. In the field, I measure the behavior of problem carnivores using spatial, predictive models and people's responses to and perceptions of conflicts. My fieldwork is currently conducted in Wisconsin, Ecuador, and East Africa with a variety of collaborators. My students work in Wisconsin (wolves), Kenya (lions and hyenas) and Ecuador (spectacled bears and pumas).

I integrate social scientific theory on human tolerance for wildlife and attitudes to policy with biological theory on the behavioral ecology of carnivores in human-dominated ecosystems. I am testing innovative methods that combine wildlife ecology with social science. Specifically, I am exploring the use of an established wildlife monitoring technique (motion-triggered cameras) as a way to build participation of private landowners in wildlife research and conservation projects. This research stream also includes market-based financing of wildlife conservation through the Certified Wildlife Friendly initiative. In addition, I am experimenting with the integration of public opinion data into policy formulation for wildlife management by tailoring surveys of public attitudes to answer specific management questions and present hypothetical scenarios for management of wildlife.