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Nick Yarmey

Advisor: Anita Morzillo

 

Nick has a varied background spanning the natural and social sciences. While studying environmental science at a liberal arts university in Canada, he became fascinated by sociology and the human-nature relationship. He did undergraduate research on mitigating human-beaver conflicts using adaptive management, which was the driving force for his interest in applied research in wildlife management. Other experiences include sustainability outreach, LGBTQ advocacy and education, and community-based research for Indigenous communities across Canada. The thread that ties his work together is a desire for human-human and human-nature coexistence.

 

At UConn, Nick is working on a project advised by Anita Morzillo and funded by DEEP to understand the human dimension of black bear management in Connecticut. With expansion of both black bear populations and human development, conflicts between the two species are becoming more frequent and require management. He will use qualitative and quantitative methods to better understand black bear-human conflicts, attitudes towards black bears, and preferences for management. The results will help guide DEEP with development of management strategies that minimize conflicts while maintaining a healthy and sustainable black bear population.

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Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Department of Natural Resources and the Environment
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4087