Dragonfly students, staff, and partners are doing inspiring work to benefit human and ecological communities throughout the world. Read articles and media by them and about them by scrolling through the links below.
Human-elephant conflict in western Thailand: Socio-economic drivers and potential mitigation strategies
Published in PLOS ONE
In "Human-elephant conflict in western Thailand: Socio-economic drivers and potential mitigation strategies," Global Field Program graduate Antoinette van de Water and Dragonfly master's programs associate director Kevin Matteson examine various ways to reduce western Thailand's human-elephant conflict.
Published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser
Global Field Program student Colleen Murray Cole of Volcano, Hawai'i, shares her fact checking journey into the issue of banning polystyrene in her "Don’t believe everything you read about banning polystyrene" editorial for the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Whatever the issue, Cole challenges us to do our own research, critically analyzing sources and checking the facts.
Published in Afteschool Matters
In "Seed Balls and the Circle of Courage" Advanced Inquiry Program graduate Annie Wenger-Schulman and others design and implement an environmental education program involving seed-ball workshops to meet the needs of urban youth and found that students gained a better understanding of the positive impact they can have on the environment and inspire others to do the same.
Published on DailyCamera.com
Advanced Inquiry Program student Kimberly Sereff contributed an op-ed to the DailyCamera.com weighs in on the state of Rocky Flats, a former uranium production facility and superfund cleanup site currently being considered a wildlife refuge. A former Rocky Flats worker, Sereff thinks it is "Time for compromise on Rocky Flats access."
Published on Center for Humans & Nature's City Creatures Blog.
For Advanced Inquiry Program student Kristi Rivas of Lindenhurst, Ill., seeing a red-tailed hawk marked the beginning of a personal journey - "an awakening to how life in the skies is connected to choices we make on the ground." Learn how you can help red-tailed hawks and support conservation efforts for other birds of prey by reading Rivas' story, which appears on the Center for Humans & Nature's City Creatures website.
Published on Cincinnati.com
Advanced Inquiry Program student Nannette Plunkett contributed an op-ed to Cincinnati.com that invites all of us to become backyard caretakers for bees and other pollinators in "Save the bees: Become a zookeeper in your backyard." Simple acts of conservation in our backyards can help increase pollinator populations.
Published in Legacy
In "Social Shifts in Animal Interpretation" Global Field Program graduate and naturalist Kathryn McQueen examines the shifts in captive animal management for zoos, parks and animal rehabilitation facilities. Realizing that animals on display have needs beyond that of human necessity, animal interpreters face many of the same challenges of zoos including societal shifts in viewing captive animals. As McQueen explains, people's view of animals, their enclosures, and those who care for them has taken a turn towards awe and respect. There is an increasing need for education and conservation.