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  1. Save the Sharks? How Negative Perceptions of Sharks Hinders Conservation

    Contributor(s):: Stephanie Reifenberg

    Sharks constitute the largest predatory fish in the ocean, with no natural marine predators of their own. Yet one visitor species to the ocean realm does significantly predate on sharks: humans. While the overexploitation of oceanic fish and marine mammals is widely recognized, the drastic...

  2. Selling Conservation? The Role of Volunteer Tourism in Supporting Marine Conservation in Southern Belize

    Contributor(s):: Kathleen Georgia Brander

    Volunteer tourism is a rapidly expanding sector advertised as an alternative to conventional tourism and as a way for tourists to contribute to conservation science. This thesis examines a volunteer tourism organization in southern Belize called ReefCI and investigates how multiple stakeholders...

  3. Southern Illinois Ticks: An Ecological and Medical Overview

    Contributor(s):: Madeleine A. Pfaff

    Ticks are of concern to southern Illinois residents because they are common in the forested landscapes of the region and have the capability to cause disease in humans and pets. There are several tick-borne illnesses of concern to southern Illinois residents. Prescribed burning is a potential...

  4. States of nature: The animal as object and ancestor in political thought

    Contributor(s):: La Barbera, Christopher

  5. Study on the precursory behavior of the animal towards to the previous prediction of earthquake

    Contributor(s):: Yamauchi Hiroyuki

    Many countries, including Japan, have suffered from extensive damage due to earthquakes (EQs). In Japan, there is the possibility that more large EQs, such as the Tonankai and Nankai EQs, may occur in the near future. The Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion assumes that these EQs would...

  6. Survey of Attitudes Toward, Conflicts With and Management Of Wolves and Bears in Rural Villages in Armenia

    Contributor(s):: Serda Ozbenian

    Many studies aimed at assessing human attitudes towards and negative interactions  (conflicts) with carnivores, such as wolves (Canis lupus) and bears (Ursus arctos), have  been conducted throughout the world. Although villagers in Armenia have reported  conflicts with these...

  7. The Altruism-Empathy-Perspective Connection: A Case Study of Human-Wildlife Interactions at Chintimini Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, Corvallis, Oregon

    Contributor(s):: Kirsten S. Freed

    In the realms of psychology and sociology two new theoretical models have arisen to describe the forces influencing altruistic human behavior. The first is the Empathy-Altruism Hypothesis (EAH), by C.D. Batson. The second is the Conceptual Continuum of Altruism (CCA), by K.R. Monroe. Both models...

  8. The Animals in Our Stories: Reading Human-Animal History, Kinship, and Inheritance in Asian Diasporic Literature

    Contributor(s):: Nandini Thiyagarajan

    This dissertation approaches literary animals in Asian diasporic novels through the concept of drawing close. I am interested in how literary animals can communicate an endeavour to draw animals close, and how literary representations of this closeness imagine normative human-animal relationships...

  9. The Animated Animal: Aesthetics, Performance and Environmentalism In American Feature Animation

    Contributor(s):: Miller, Rebecca Erin

  10. The bear as barometer: the Japanese response to human-bear conflict

    Contributor(s):: Catherine Heather Knight

    The Asiatic black bear, or 'moon bear', has inhabited Japan since pre-historic times, and is the largest animal to have roamed Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu since mega-fauna became extinct on the Japanese archipelago after the last glacial period. Despite this, the bear features only rarely...

  11. The Burden of Avian Influenza Viruses in Community Ponds in California

    Contributor(s):: Zin Htway

    Emerging influenza viruses continue to challenge public health. The problem is public health science professionals have been battling emerging human influenza diseases with tactile and reactionary methods because there is a lack of knowledge and data at the human-animal interface. This research...

  12. The Dolphin-Human connection: Embassy or Zoo-without-walls?

    Contributor(s):: Clark Scott Taylor

    Dolphins and humans are interacting more now than at any time in history. The challenges that arise in attempting to provide for, preserve, and protect the simple experience of an interaction with a dolphin are many. To do so requires in-depth research, and thoughtful solutions designed to...

  13. The Effect of Human Activity on the Welfare of the African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) in Namibia

    Contributor(s):: Iris Hagvag Ringstad

    The African elephant (Loxodonta africana) is vital in several African ecosystems, accentuating the importance of conserving them. However, conservation efforts are constantly complicated due to human population growth. Anthropogenic disturbances has been linked with elevated stress levels in...

  14. The Healing Properties of Nature and Animals

    Contributor(s):: Ravmeet Ruby Bains

    The following piece is intended to enlighten readers on alternative healing modalities as a substitute for traditional therapeutic interventions. The study reviews wide-ranging literature on ecotherapy and animal-assisted therapy. The objective is not to compare well-known therapies, such as...

  15. The Homeless Bird: A Motion Graphics Narrative about Deforestation and Animals

    Contributor(s):: Kyle Griffin

    The Homeless Bird is a short animated story expressing the loss of homes for wildlife due to the destruction of habitats such as deforestation. With the loss of natural habitats each year, many animals have to migrate to areas that are unfit to provide for them. The main goal is to draw attention...

  16. The Human Intruder Test: An Anxiety Assessment in Rhesus Macaques (Macaca Mulatta)

    Contributor(s):: Emily J. Peterson

    The human intruder test (HIT) is a noninvasive tool widely used for assessing anxiety in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). This thesis explores the HIT procedure and applies it to a population of monkeys with a self-injurious behavioral pathology. Individual variation on this test can be used to...

  17. The impact of a wolf conservation project on attitudes of the public, hunters and farmers toward wolves in Slovenia

    Contributor(s):: Jasna Mulej Tlhaolang

    For successful conservation of large carnivores, charismatic and controversial species, ensuring human tolerance is essential. Therefore, wolf conservation projects aim to improve both the biological and socio-political conditions. I used a mixed methods approach to explore the effectiveness of a...

  18. The role of the domestic cat in relation to game birds in the Willamette Valley, Oregon

    Contributor(s):: Nils Norman Nilsson

    The main purpose of this study was to ascertain the importance of the domestic cat in the Willamette Valley as a game bird predator; additional reasons were to learn more of its life history and food habits, and to analyze the popular belief that the cat, feral or non-feral, is the greatest...

  19. The Roles of Women, Animals, and Nature in Traditional Japanese and Western Folk Tales Carry Over into Modern Japanese and Western Culture

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    Contributor(s):: Jessica Cooper

    The roles of women, animals, and nature in traditional Japanese and Western folk tales continue to be parallel to the roles of women, animals, and nature in modern Japanese and Western Culture. This is a result of the values and morals that are encapsulated within these folk tales.

  20. The zooarchaeology of great house sites in the San Juan Basin of the American Southwest

    Contributor(s):: Shaw Badenhorst

    This dissertation considers animal remains from great houses in the San Juan Basin of the American Southwest. The archaeofauna from an outlying great house, Albert Porter Pueblo in the central Mesa Verde region, occupied between Pueblo II and III (A.D. 1020-1280), indicates that turkey increased...