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Management decisions that do not adequately align with the values and opinions of the public-at-large can lead to controversy and conflict. In conservation and natural resource management, knowledge of the public's values and opinions are often assumed or based on the personal perceptions of experts, rather than on empirical evidence. Mismatches ca...
Management of charismatic, locally overabundant, wildlife such as koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus) and kangaroos (Macropus spp.) has led to public outcry on multiple occasions. While this public opinion has been influencing decision-making, evidence on what the general public thinks to support this decision-making has been largely lacking. Here we...
This thesis investigates gaps in the evidence used to manage overabundant koala populations in parts of southeastern Australia, focussing on both ecological factors driving overabundance and the human dimensions of managing these populations. For full thesis, see: http://hdl.handle.net/1959.9/570630
How do you feel about koalas? Do you think they are cute and cuddly? A good ambas-sador for Australia? Or just another animal in the world, no different to others? What about a pest animal? Understanding people’s opinions is increasingly important in conservation, as public opinion shapes what managers can and cannot do. When we surveyed people acr...