Developing effective tools for conservation behaviorists: Reply to Greggor et al. Academic Article uri icon


  • Many conservation and management problems can benefit from mechanistic insights into how animals respond to stimuli and learn about biologically important events [1 x A Primer of Conservation Behavior. Blumstein, DT and Fernández-Juricic, E.Google Scholar See all References][1]. The growing attention toward using cognition to solve real world conservation/management issues is exciting and promising. We applaud the thoughtful review of Greggor et al. of the relevant cognitive mechanisms that could be applied to current conservation and management issues. While the authors effectively communicate 'why'it is useful to integrate the two fields, we feel that they fall short of providing concrete ideas on 'how'cognitive mechanisms can be applied in the real world. To this end, their most progressive contribution is a generalized conceptual framework/decision-tree that links …

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  • January 1, 2014