Ethan Doney


Office: SN 2005
Telephone: (709) 864-8998


Dr. Alistair Bath


Dr. Jerry Vaske, Warner School of Natural Resources, Colorado State University

Dr. Arn Keeling, Department of Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland


Teaching Assistant, Fall 2015, Natural Resource Management (Geog 2425)

Previous Education

B.A. Geography and Archaeology
Memorial University
St. John’s, NL, Canada

Thesis Title

Understanding Public Attitudes, Fears, and Values Regarding Wood Bison Management in Alaska

Research Description

In the spring of 2015, 130 wood bison (Bison bison athabascae) have been reintroduced to the Alaska wilderness after roughly 170 years of statewide extinction. Traditionally, wildlife managers have used technical, biological, cost-effective methods, often failing to incorporate the view and attitudes of the public. Using a human dimensions approach, my research aim to understand the views and concerns of the Alaskan public towards management of the new wood bison population and provide representative suggestions to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game on best management practices.

More generally, my research examines acceptance to certain management actions under specific situations. I am interested in understanding what variables can effectively predict acceptability of lethal management of wood. Wildlife value orientations, attitudes, fear, and severity of the situation have been assessed as potential predictors for acceptance of lethal management. By understanding what predicts acceptance to lethal management of wood bison, the Department of Fish and Game can more effectively target education and outreach programs to help improve attitudes and reduce fear to help develop more accepting wildlife value orientations.

This research is part of a larger project focused on the human dimensions of wood bison reintroduction in Alaska and if focused on including public stakeholders and interest groups throughout all decision making processes in some capacity.

Research Interests

• Human Dimensions of Wildlife
• Natural Resource Management
• Conservation Biology
• Wildlife Management
• Public Engagement
• Integrative Decision Making
• Social Psychology
• Human-Wildlife Conflict


Doney, E. D., Bath, A. J., Vaske, J. J., Downer, B., and Franchini Silveira F, 2016. Predicting Acceptance to Lethal Management of Wood Bison in Alaska, U.S.A. Pathways Kenya 2016: Integrating Human Dimensions Into Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Nanyuki, Kenya, January 10-13.


Department of Geography

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St. John's, NL A1B 3X9 CANADA

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