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
Phone: (540)231-8847

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 organization' conservation behavior, especially related to bird conservation, private lands habitat conservation, human-wildlife conflict, endangered species management, and citizen science. As part of this research, she explores the role that policy tools and educational interventions can play in influencing behavior. Much of her current research is part of interdisciplinary (social and natural sciences) teams and focused on bridging the implementation gap between science and conservation.

Courses Taught:

  • FiW 4464/5464 Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife

Current Research Projects:

  • Best Management Practices for Evaluating and Managing Anthropogenic Disturbances to Migrating Shorebirds on Coastal Lands in the Northeastern United States.
  • The Effects of Signing a "Be A Good Egg" Pledge on Beach Recreationists' Behavior & Attitudes Related to Shorebirds.
  • Flagship or Shipwreck? Assessing the Potential of Monteiro's Hornbill (Tockus monteiri) for Flagship Species Status in Namibian Conservation.
  • 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. (2017). 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