(Hannah Jaicks graduated in 2016)
Hannah Jaicks is a doctoral candidate in the Environmental Psychology PhD Program. As she completes her doctorate, she is building her own consulting agency in the Northern Rockies and is currently assisting the Center for Large Landscape Conservation through social science research and applied work pertaining to community building and large landscape partnerships. Her past and present research addresses issues related to human-wildlife conflicts using interdisciplinary methods. Hannah’s dissertation examines the social and material conflicts of human and nonhuman predators in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with a view towards identifying ways to better coexist within and across species. This work will address how people’s emotional attachments, prevailing scientific consensus, and policy practices all converge to shape the conflicted perceptions and management strategies surrounding the region’s local apex predators-specifically wolves, grizzly bears, and cougars. This research is born out of her broader and lifelong interest in understanding how our science and policy measures have a critical responsibility when it comes to mediating the tenuous coexistence between people and nonhuman animals, especially those that are simultaneously revered and reviled. This issue will only continue to grow as regions of urban sprawl intersect with the paths and habitats of wide-ranging predators, both locally and abroad.
Research Interests: Critical Animal Geography; Feminist Science Studies; Political and Cultural Ecology; Human-Wildlife Conflict; Qualitative, Feminist, and Phenomenological Methods; Animal Studies; Production and Construction of Knowledge; Emotional Attachment and Environmental Attitudes; De-colonizing Approaches to Animal Management; Large Carnivore Conservation; Environmental Politics, History, and Thought; Multispecies Methodologies; Policy Sciences