Ph.D. Student Wins Sarah Baker Memorial Award for Conservation Project

Ph.D. student Hannah Jaicks (Environmental Psychology) was recently awarded funding from the Sarah Baker Memorial Fund to undertake a project for the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (Y2Y), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to securing the long-term ecological health of the region.
 
Jaicks’s project, “Crossroads Conservation: Identifying Solutions to the Cultural Barriers of Transportation Agencies so Internal Champions of Wildlife Crossings Can Thrive,” grew out of her conservation research internship with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation in Bozeman, Montana. Her goal is to ensure that the needs and safety of wildlife and people are better met.

"My project will enable conservationists to effectively address institutional barriers that prevent transportation agencies from consistently incorporating wildlife crossings into their plans and projects for roads in the Yellowstone to Yukon region," she said. "Mitigation of wildlife-vehicle collisions via crossing structures should be a standard practice rather than an exception to the rule."
 
Jaicks’s past and present research addresses issues related to human-wildlife conflict. Her dissertation examines the social and material conflicts of human and nonhuman predators in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. 

Jaicks is also a Writing Fellow at the CUNY School of Professional Studies.


 

Submitted on: NOV 19, 2015

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