on Oct 14, 2010 12:00 AM • Views 4937
Media Contact: Marti Kane, Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
(919) 707-0203

RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 14, 2010) – Human dimensions in wildlife conservation – the “people aspect” of nature – will be the topic for the Oct. 27th Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education.

The seminar, titled “Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management: What is it and Why Should You Care?” will be presented by Dr. Nils Peterson and Kerry Linehan at 4 p.m. following a networking session with refreshments, which begins at 3:30 p.m.

An assistant professor at N.C. State University, Dr. Peterson researches the relationships of human actions and natural systems. He examines how factors from land use policies to household dynamics affect the environment and endangered wildlife populations. He will relate how this research and its applications can benefit conservation measures.

As a human dimensions biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, Linehan conducts and coordinates socioeconomic research projects to enhance fisheries management.

They will describe the science of human dimensions and its contribution to wildlife management. They will also highlight results from recent studies designed to help guide future trout management, assess attitudes about providing hunting access on private lands, and determine the degree of willingness to pay for wildlife conservation in North Carolina.

The program is part of an open-to-the-public series of seminars, which are a partnership between faculty and students in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology Program at NCSU and biologists, managers and educators with the Wildlife Resources Commission.

For more information on the Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar series at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, call (919) 707-0203 or go to

The Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education is a free visitor and learning facility of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. Located at 1751 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, on the Centennial Campus of N.C. State University, the center features interactive exhibits highlighting Piedmont wildlife species and habitats. A limited number of free visitor parking spaces are available at the Center, and a $2 daily pass for nearby campus parking is available at the Centennial Campus visitor booth on Varsity Drive.