My background is in wildlife ecology and human dimensions of wildlife conservation. I am particularly interested in individuals' connections with the natural world, and what conservation means to them. I am passionate about environmental education and outreach, and narrowing the gap that seems to currently exist between research scientists/wildlife managers and the general public. I believe that everyone should have a voice when it comes to preservation of local resources and I love talking to people about their views on conservation and environmentalism. I am also interested in promoting greater inclusion and diversity in the fields of wildlife management and environmental sciences.
My current research focuses on the management of timber rattlesnakes in Connecticut. I seek a greater understanding of how humans perceive and interact with this species, and how we can apply this knowledge toward creating more effective conservation strategies.
News and Events:
05/13/2017: I enjoyed speaking to a public audience about my research and rattlesnakes in Connecticut, and the engaging discussion that followed. Thanks to everyone who came out!
04/10/2017: I gave a talk on the spatial distribution of human attitudes toward rattlesnakes at the 2017 US Regional Association of the International Association for Landscape Ecology (US-IALE) annual conference in Baltimore, MD.
03/16/2017: I'm really loving the responses we've gotten so far on the follow-up rattlesnake survey, keep 'em coming!
03/13/2017: I gave a talk on human attitudes toward timber rattlesnakes in Connecticut at the Connecticut Conference on Natural Resources (CCNR) today! It was great to share some of the results of my research with local wildlife managers and academics.
01/01/2017: Twitter: Figuring it out as I go. :) Follow me, @lkeenereck