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Paula Pebsworth, Wildlife Advocate

  • May 08, 2024
  • 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Chez Zee, 5406 Balcones Dr, Austin TX 78731 **NEW VENUE**


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From Conflict to Coexistence: Improving Human-Wildlife Interactions

How do we respect other species and systems that our lives are inextricably intertwined with? I will discuss how and where we interact with wildlife. How our actions may benefit us but not wildlife. Further, what steps you can take to promote human-wildlife coexistence?

About our speaker:

Paula Pebsworth has studied non-human primates in Madagascar, Uganda, South Africa, India, and Saudi Arabia. Her primary research interests are human- primate coexistence and self-medicative behavior. She earned her doctorate from Kyoto University’s Primate Research Institute in 2012. She conducted her dissertation research in the Western Cape of South Africa. There, she studied geophagy (aka soil-eating), spatial ecology, and human-baboon conflict. Subsequently, Paula had a post-doctorate in India at the National Institute of Studies.

In Himachal Pradesh, she studied human-macaque conflict and the efficacy of non-lethal mitigation strategies to reduce crop foraging. In 2022, Paula coordinated a population estimation and environmental impact assessment of Hamadryas baboons in Saudi Arabia. Further, she recommended short and long- term strategies to the Saudi government, which would potentially reduce human- Hamadryas baboon conflict.

Paula is an independent researcher and will continue to work on projects that improve human-primate coexistence using various strategies. 


6:50am - Coffee & Networking
7:10am - Breakfast Buffet
7:25am - Introductions & Announcements
7:50am - Speaker Introduction
8:20am - Q&A

8:30am - Have a wonderful Wednesday!

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