ROOM: RSCC, F5
Most wildlife professionals have training in species identification, wildlife monitoring, habitat management, policy development, and related. They may not have training in connecting these subjects to people or gauging how their stakeholders feel about wildlife. A growing area related to ecopsychology and environmental psychology allows for the quantification of the human-nature relationship across multiple facets. Over 30 instruments have been developed that allow researchers to evaluate a person’s emotional and cognitive connection to nature, their motivation for environmental concern, and their view of use of nature for human benefit. This workshop will introduce the principles behind these instruments, explore several of the established instruments through hands on practice, review tradeoffs of the different instruments, present findings from different studies using selected instruments, and provide an overview of analysis. Participants will leave with the ability to apply the instruments in a research setting. This workshop is useful for anyone who wishes to understand more about how people view nature and wildlife.
Organizers: Kelly Cartwright