Dara M Wald

Dara M Wald
Texas A&M University · Agricultural Leadership Education and Communication

PhD

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Introduction
My scholarship advances two foundational questions critical for civic participation and environmental communication: How do cultural, relational, and ideological realities intersect with and shape individuals' values, perceptions, and behaviors? How can environmental decision-making processes be designed to balance divergent interests and voices while remaining inclusive and legitimate?
Additional affiliations
August 2015 - December 2021
Iowa State University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
August 2013 - August 2015
Arizona State University
Position
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Policy Informatics
September 2008 - December 2012
University of Florida
Position
  • Graduate Research Fellow

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Publications (39)
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Large-scale natural resource conservation initiatives are increasingly adopting a network governance framework to respond to the ecological, social, and political challenges of contemporary environmental governance. A network approach offers new modes of management that allow resource managers and others to transcend a single institution, organizat...
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Public engagement in collaborative natural resource management necessitates perspective taking, shared understanding, and collaboration. There is currently little understanding about how to reliably generate perspective-taking and collaboration, particularly in situations involving the unequal distribution of resources. Here we examine how using a...
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Background Communicating about antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) requires technical knowledge, consideration of audience values and appropriate identification of communication strategies for multiple audiences. Within the context of animal agriculture, communicating about AMR represents an important and complex ende...
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Conservation practitioners regularly engage in partnerships and processes to develop and achieve important conservation goals aimed at alleviating the biodiversity crisis. These processes, and the partnerships needed for success, are subject to complex social dynamics that can result in negative outcomes if not well understood and addressed. As an...
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White evangelical Protestants are the most skeptical major religious group in the United States regarding climate change. While their position of political influence in the Republican coalition is widely recognised, the full range of effects of this position on evangelicals' climate opinions is not. To move research on evangelicals from the margins...
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Personalized stories are a powerful tool for communicating about science, particularly when a scientific topic is complex or unfamiliar. One example of such a topic is drought, something many regions of the world face regularly. Like other environmental challenges, drought recovery efforts benefit from a mobilized collective response through prosoc...
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The complex web of political-economic relations that constitutes biotechnology coupled with a contentious history of public resistance, illustrates the power of perceptions of credibility in mediating individuals’ judgements about GMOs. To more accurately measure what contributes to public skepticism of GM foods, the present research applies a mult...
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The Internet is a major source of online news content. Current efforts to evaluate online news content including text, storyline, and sources is limited by the use of small-scale manual techniques that are time consuming and dependent on human judgments. This article explores the use of machine learning algorithms and mathematical techniques for In...
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Public support or opposition to the expansion of wind energy plays a key role in energy policy and the development of the industry. For more than 30 years, scholars have attempted to understand the nature of public opinion about wind energy. Unfortunately, the largely observational and correlational nature of the evidence limits the abilities of sc...
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Public attitudes toward invasive alien species management and trust in managers' ability to effectively manage non-native species can determine public support for conservation action. The island of Guam has experienced widespread species loss and ecosystem transformation due to invasive species, most notably, the brown treesnake (Boiga irregularis)...
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Public engagement in collaborative natural resource management necessitates shared understanding and collaboration. Empathic perspective-taking is a critical facilitator of shared understanding and positive social interactions, such as collaboration. Yet there is currently little understanding about how to reliably generate empathic perspective-tak...
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Risk perceptions and attitudes toward animals often explain tolerance for wildlife and management preferences. However, little is understood about how these relationships vary across different geographic regions and stakeholder groups. To address this gap in knowledge, we compared differences in acceptance capacity, risk perceptions, perceived enjo...
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The Internet is a major source of online news content. Current efforts to evaluate online news content including text, storyline, and sources is limited by the use of small-scale manual techniques that are time consuming and dependent on human judgments. This article explores the use of machine learning algorithms and mathematical techniques for In...
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The Internet is a major source of online news content. Current efforts to evaluate online news content, including text, story line and sources is limited by the use of small-scale manual techniques that are time consuming and dependent on human judgments. This article explores the use of machine learning algorithms and mathematical techniques for I...
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Citizen science initiatives encourage volunteer participants to collect observations, interpret data and contribute to formal scientific projects. The growth of virtual citizen science (VCS) facilitated using websites and mobile apps since the mid-2000s has been driven by a combination of innovations in Web 2.0 and mobile technologies, growing scie...
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This concluding chapter to the book "Governance in the Information Era: Theory and Practice of Policy Informatics" (edited by Erik W. Johnston" considers where the field of policy informatics comes from, where it appears to be heading, and what the field can hope to offer the future. The chapter starts with a consideration of the multidisciplinary...
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This concluding chapter to the book "Governance in the Information Era: Theory and Practice of Policy Informatics" (edited by Erik W. Johnston" considers where the field of policy informatics comes from, where it appears to be heading, and what the field can hope to offer the future. The chapter starts with a consideration of the multidisciplinary...
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Racial and ethnic diversity in natural resource careers does not reflect U.S. population trends. To explore potential drivers of underrepresentation in this field, we used a life-cycle analysis to review 55 scholarly articles to identify barriers and supports influencing career choices (i.e., personal, contextual, self-efficacy, outcome expectation...
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Effective communication shapes how urban audiences affect and are affected by wildlife, ranging from policy making and management to citizen science and conflict resolution. This chapter reviews the elements of communication: Sources, Encoding, Messages and Media, Decoding, Receivers, and Feedback. We describe the process for identifying communicat...
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Identifying stakeholder beliefs and attitudes is critical for resolving management conflicts. Debate over outdoor cat management is often described as a conflict between two groups, environmental advocates and animal welfare advocates, but little is known about the variables predicting differences among these critical stakeholder groups. We adminis...
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The management of free-roaming domestic cats is a controversial and challenging issue for animal welfare organizations and government agencies. In this article, we used a previously validated concept, wildlife acceptance capacity, to measure tolerance for free-roaming cats. We also identified the demographic, situational, and affective factors infl...
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Individual perceptions of free-roaming cats can vary from "voracious predators of small birds and mammals" to "cherished and beloved companion animals." This paper focused on the influence of situational variables (e.g., experiences with outdoor cats), cognitive variables (e.g., attitudes toward cats and cat management), and demographic variables (...
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The conservation value of open space depends upon the quantity and quality of the area protected, as well as how it is designed and managed. This study reports the results of a content analysis of Florida county Land Development Regulations. Codes were reviewed to determine the amount of open space required, how open space is protected during const...
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The Howard College Campus (HCC) of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, is a registered Conservancy and houses the Msinsi Nature Reserve. A resident population of feral cats (Felis catus) resides on campus. There are two opposing views about these animals; one is that, by killing birds, lizards and small mammals, they negatively affect na...

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