New Online Network Connects Fish and Wildlife Social Scientists

New Online Network Connects Fish and Wildlife Social Scientists

During the March 2021 meeting of the Human Dimensions/Social Sciences Working Group at the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, attendees learned about the newly-established Conservation Social Sciences Community Network (CSSCN). The network was created to connect and support practitioners, researchers, and advocates of human dimensions and social sciences working to conserve fish and wildlife.

CSSCN Home page

The CSSCN is a tool for scientists and managers to find and connect with each other, and to improve access to, and application of, social sciences in conservation decision-making. It includes an online map and directory that collects and displays the name, position, affiliation, location, and expertise of practitioners and advocates. The network is open to all professionals who practice or champion the social sciences and human dimensions of fish and wildlife. As social sciences capacity in the natural resources management and conservation fields grows, it is more important than ever to foster relationships across the conservation social sciences community, and beyond.

The CSSCN welcomes, but is not limited to, individuals and organizations with an environmental and conservation focus in the following fields: policy and law; psychology, sociology, and anthropology; socio-ecological systems; sustainability; education, outreach, and extensions; social marketing; geography and political ecology; economics; and the management of wildlife, forestry, agriculture, fisheries, and freshwater and marine systems. It is open to all professionals at municipal, state, provincial, federal, and tribal agencies, as well as universities, nonprofits, and private institutions.

The Wildlife Management Institute’s Western Field Representative Chris Smith said, “Fish and wildlife agencies are increasingly reliant on social, economic, and other human dimensions data to supplement the biological and ecological data that’s been the foundation of management for years. Virtually every decision an agency or commission makes reflects and impacts human values. The Conservation Social Science Community Network will greatly enhance agency professionals’ ability to collaborate and contribute to conservation.”

Interested professionals at state, federal, and tribal agencies can join the network here.

April 15, 2021