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Jenny Glikman


Office: SN-1018
Telephone: 709-864-8190
Fax: (709) 864- 3119


Dr. Alistair Bath

Thesis title

Understanding the role attitudes play in achieving conservation of wolves and brown bears in Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park

Research description

At a time when large carnivores are increasing throughout Europe, and thus the potential exists for increased conflict, understanding public attitudes, beliefs and behaviour can be the difference between the successful and unsuccessful implementation of a conservation project. Understanding this social science or human dimension component of conservation is the theme for my dissertation research. The leitmotif of the research is the understanding of attitudes toward wolves and brown bears. Attitudes are made up of three components: affective (i.e., liking or disliking of the species), cognitive (i.e., beliefs about the species), behavioral intention (i.e., what people say they will support/oppose or do under a given situation).

My dissertation seeks to examine the three attitude components and understand the role each has in achieving conservation issues for wolves and brown bears. Abruzzo, Lazio and Molise National Park represents an interesting area for HD research as this is an area where both large carnivores were never extirpated and have been naturally present for a long time. This study could provide managers and administrators important insights and support in light of renewed efforts to save small and declining brown bear populations and wolves.

Research interests

  • Large carnivores
  • Human dimension in wildlife
  • Resource management
  • Parks and protected areas
  • Conservation biology
  • Human dimension of large carnivores
  • GIS