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Douglas, Leo Ricardo *

Lecturer in Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Ph.D. (2011) Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
212 854 9987

Reducing consumer demand for wildlife products – a framework from Social Marketing Theory (research conducted in collaboration with and funded by the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication – University of the West Indies, and the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

Evaluating the effects of conservation education events on the long-term attitudes and behaviors of high school students – an experimental design involving thirteen (13) Jamaican high schools (a four-year experimental design program conducted in collaboration with the Department of Education, University of the West Indies, Jamaica and funded by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center).

The scope, importance and implications of parrot-agriculture conflict in the Caribbean region (research conducted in support of BirdsCaribbean).

Deconstructing the diversity experiences in the lives and work of people of color in conservation science. This supports the activities of the Society for conservation Biology’s (SCB’s) diversity, equity and inclusion committee.

Research Description

My work is best described as Animal Geography as it is situated within the complex nexus of human-animal relations as this relates to space, place, environment and society. Overall, my research interests are located at the intersection of conservation biology, behavior change, and conflict & peace studies.

Representative Publications

Douglas, L.R. & Alie, K. (2014) High-value natural resources: linking wildlife conservation to international conflict, insecurity, and development concerns. Biological Conservation, 171, 270-277.

Douglas, L.R. & Winkel, G. (2014) The Flipside of the Flagship. Biodiversity & Conservation, 23, 979-997.

Douglas, L.R. & Veríssimo, D. (2013) Flagships or Battleships – Deconstructing the relationship between social conflict and conservation flagship species. Environment and Society: Advances in Research, 4, 98-116.

Douglas, L.R., Winkel, G. & Sherry, T.W. (2013) Does the Bananaquit Benefit Commensally from Parrot Frugivory? An Assessment Using Habitat Quality. Biotropica, 45, 457-464.

Root-Bernstein, M., Douglas, L.R., Smith, A. & Veríssimo, A. (2013) Anthropomorphized species as tools for conservation: Utility beyond prosocial, intelligent and suffering species. Biodiversity & Conservation, 22, 1577-1589.

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