Ashley Dayer, Assistant Professor
Affiliated Faculty, Global Change Center
B.A., Harvard University (2001)
M.S., Colorado State University (2006)
Ph.D., Cornell University (2013)
Office: 108 Cheatham
Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation
310 West Campus Drive
Virginia Tech, Cheatham Hall, Room 101 (MC 0321)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Dr. 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.
- 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.
Last updated July, 2016