Trends in Conservation Behavior
Monday 29 July

UMC Main Ballroom
Organizer: Bruce Schulte & Esteban Fernández-Juricic
http://bioweb.wku.edu/faculty/schulte/

Conservation behavior is the application of knowledge of animal behavior to solve wildlife conservation problems. This discipline has made important empirical contributions to multiple conservation aspects, from captive breeding to managing interactions between humans and wildlife. This symposium will address the future of conservation behavior in the next decade. Early and mid-career researchers from academia and environmental agencies will address the novel conceptual frameworks that apply behavior to conservation biology and the new methodological tools used to solve challenging conservation problems that involve animal behavior. One of the goals of the symposium is to develop a list of basic behavioral problems that need more research that would facilitate their application to wildlife management problems (e.g., habituation). 

10:30 AM       An introduction to conservation behavior -- L Angeloni -- Colorado State U

10:45 AM       Introduction to Trends in Conservation Behavior --Esteban Fernandez-Juricic

11:00 AM       Developing theory to explain variation in behavioral response to human-induced environmental change -- A Sih -- U of California at Davis

11:30 AM       Abiotic stressors and the conservation of social species -- Marian Wong -- U of Wollongong
           
12:00 PM       Infectious disease, host behavior and wildlife conservation -- CKR Willis 1, JL Voyles 2 -- 1. U of Winnipeg, 2 New Mexico Tech

12:20pm to 2:00, lunch break

2:00pm Habituation and sensitization:  new thoughts about old ideas -- DT Blumstein -- U of California Los Angeles

2:30pm Role of sensory ecology in reducing animal-vehicle collisions -- BF Blackwell 1, TL DeVault 1, SL Lima 2, TW Seamans 1 -- 1.  USDA/APHIS/WS National Wildlife Research Center, 2. Indiana State U, Department of Biology

3:00pm Physiology, behaviour and conservation -- C O'Connor

3:30pm Conclusions & the path ahead -- B Schulte