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FREE WEBINAR! October 7 @ 12:00 pm PT ~ Fear, Wild Things, and Coexisting with Predators
Project Coyote Science Advisory Board member Joanna Lambert, PhD, FLS, presents "Fear, Wild Things, and Coexisting with Predators." From Joanna: "Humans have shared landscapes with wild predators throughout our 200,000 year evolutionary history. The relationships we’ve had with these predators over the millennia have been shaped by both fear and learned behavior. Yet, as we continue to urbanize our planet so too have we lost knowledge of how to coexist with other species — resulting in fear of the unknown. In this webinar, I contextualize human - animal interactions within a broad framework of fear and highlight the importance of learning in both humans and predators. I will address these topics at multiple scales, including the physiological, neurological, and evolutionary underpinnings of fear and how it gets played out today around the world in different contexts of human-wildlife conflict. This will involve discussion of work by a wide breadth of scholars, from neuroscientists and psychologists to paleontologists and ecologists. I will also discuss current research that I, my students, and my colleagues are undertaking on learning and habituation in predators like coyotes and red foxes as they boldly enter human-dominated landscapes, overcoming fear in their pursuit of new habitat."

Oct 7, 2020 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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