People Managing Pests
Using case studies and applied research to increase the effectiveness of community-based programs for invasive species management in Australia.
Australia’s policies for combating invasive species have shifted significantly towards relying upon the efforts of private citizens and industry. Community action is needed to effectively deal with human-wildlife conflicts. However, these efforts are rarely informed by the best available science or an empirical approach. This project aims to increase the effectiveness of community-based programs for invasive species management. Researchers are collaborating on a book that uses case studies and applied research to highlight effective community engagement principles and practices. This information ranges from advanced theoretical knowledge to best practice advice, and it benefits scholars and professionals who specialize in community facilitation and communication. The project team is also developing future collaborative research goals for community engagement theory and practices, including a plan for student-based projects.
Grant category: Other
- Paul Curtis, Department of Natural Resources
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
- Community partner: Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
- Community partner: Penn State University
Engaged Opportunity Grants
Supporting a wide range of community-engaged projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.