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Ashley Dayer

Assistant Professor

B.A., Harvard University (2001); M.S., Colorado State University (2006); Ph.D., Cornell University (2013)

Research Interests

Ashley Dayer is a conservation social scientist. Her research program focuses on understanding people's and organizations' conservation behavior, especially related to private lands habitat conservation, human-wildlife conflict, endangered species management, citizen science, and conservation funding. As part of this research, she explores the role that policy tools and educational interventions can play in influencing behavior.

Courses Taught:

  • FiW 4464/5464 Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife

Current Research Projects:

  • Landowners and the Conservation Reserve Program: Understanding Motivations and Needs to Cultivate Participation, Retention, and Ongoing Stewardship Behaviors.
  • The Human Dimensions of Conserving Working Wet Meadow Habitats in Sage Steppe Landscapes.
  • Landowner Response to NRCS Conservation Programs Targeting Early Successional Habitat: Attitudes, Satisfaction, Retention, and Intentions to Manage Habitat in the Future.
  • Endangered Species as Enemies? The Media Portrayal of Human Wildlife Conflict over Piping Plovers.

Select Recent Publications:

  • Sullivan, B.E., Phillips, T., Dayer, A.A., Wood, C.L., Farnsworth, A., Illiff, M.J., Davies, I.J., Wiggins, A., Fink, D., Hochachka, W., Rodewald, A.D., Rosenberg, K.V., Bonney, R., & Kelling, S. (In press). Using open access observational data for conservation action: A case study for birds. Biological Conservation.
  • Dayer, A.A., Rodewald, A.R., Stedman, R.C., Cosbar, E.A, & Wood, E.M. (2016). Wildlife conservation and land trusts: The discrepancy between mission statement content analysis and perceptions of land trusts. Environmental Management, 58(2), 359-364. 
  • Dayer, A.A., Bright, A.D., Teel, T.L., Manfredo, M.J. (2016). The impact of wildlife species characteristics on public preferences for conservation funding: A stated choice approach. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(5), 379-390. 
  • Dayer, A.A., Stedman, R.C., Allred, S.B., Rosenberg, K.V., & Fuller, A.R. (2015). The social psychology of landowner behavior: Understanding intentions to create early successional forest habitat. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 40 (1), 59-68. 
  • Cooper, C., Larson, L., Dayer, A.A., Stedman, R.C., & Decker, D. (2015). Are wildlife recreationists conservationists? Linking birdwatching, hunting, and pro-environmental behavior. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 79(3), 446-457. 
  • Dayer, A.A., Stedman, R.C., & Allred, S.B. (2014). A comparative analysis and assessment of forest landowner typologies based on behaviors, motivations, and cognitions. Society & Natural Resources, 27(11), 1200-1212. 
  • Dayer, A.A., Allred, S.B., & Stedman, R.C. (2014). Developing tools to encourage private forest landowner participation in early successional forest habitat management. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19(4), 355-370. 
  • Dayer, A.A., Stinchfield, H.M., & Manfredo, M.J. (2007). Stories about wildlife: Developing an instrument for identifying wildlife value orientations cross-culturally. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 12(5), 307-315. 
  • Manfredo, M.J. & Dayer, A.A. (2004). Concepts for exploring the social aspects of human-wildlife conflict in a global context. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 9(4), 317-328.
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  • Fish and Wildlife Conservation (0321)
    Cheatham Hall, RM 108, 310 West Campus Drive
    Blacksburg, VA 24061

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