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Art Woods, Marty Martin
What is the link between climate change, declining wildlife populations and conflict between animals and humans? And how should scientists, governments and individuals manage declining populations of wildlife, especially when humans rely on them?
On this episode, we explore the interface of biology and resource management with Briana Abrahms, from the Department of Biology and the Center for Ecosystem Sentinels at the University of Washington. Climate change is increasingly forcing humans and animals into conflict, often with disastrous outcomes for all parties involved. Briana studies the causes of these conflicts and their links to serious human problems like forced labor, terrorism, piracy, and poaching.
We talk about collisions between whales and ships, conflict between ranchers and carnivores, and elephants running amok in India. We also talk about the illegal wildlife trade in Africa and about subsistence fishing, problems which in some places have been addressed by effective local governance. Finally, we talk about what governments, scientists, and regular people can do to help.
Cover photo: Keating Shahmehri
Length of Episode
50 minutes, 22 seconds
Digital File Format
Woods, Art and Martin, Marty, "Episode 080: Human-wildlife conflict in a changing world" (2022). BigBiology Podcasts. 81.