Human-Wildlife Interactions and Conservation

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Cultural evolution in human-wildlife interactions and conservation

Four Research Projects and two Applied Working Groups are addressing this theme. Find out more by clicking on the titles:

Globalization, culture and well-being in Congo [Globalization theme, PI Adam Boyette]: This project involves work on human-elephant conflict, and subsistence hunters that are negatively impacted by conservation areas

People and birds working together – differently [Globalization theme, PI Jessica van der Wal]: This project maps the rare cultural co-evolution between honeyguide birds and honey hunters to facilitate conservation, and it may potentially be used to apply for UNESCO ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’.

An innovation arms-race between humans and parrots? [Applications theme, PI Lucy Aplin]: This project investigates the cultural co-evolution between urban sulphur crested cockatoos and humans where conflict arises around access to waste bins.

Cultural evolution of conservation practices [Applications theme, PI Thomas Currie]: This project aims to assess the processes behind the spread of strategies to mitigate human-lion conflict.

Cultural evolution in natural resource management & conservation [PI Richard Berl]: This Applied Working Group tackles issues of human-wildlife interactions and other aspects of managing natural resources.

Growing an applied science of cultural evolution for a sustainable future [PI Rebecca Koomen]: This Applied Working Group tackles issues of sustainability and conservation.