Announcing a Special Session at Pathways 2017 in honor of Dr. Stephen Robert Kellert (Tweedy Ordway Professor Emeritus of Social Ecology and Senior Research Scholar at the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies).
Topic: Understanding the Connections between Humans and Wildlife
Co-Organizers: Mark Damian Duda (Executive Director, Responsive Management), Robert Powell (George B. Hartzog, Jr. Endowed Professor/Director Institute for Parks, Clemson University), and Nicole Ardoin (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education and the Woods Institute for the Environment, Stanford University)
This Pathways 2017 Conference special session is organized as a tribute to the life and work of Dr. Kellert and includes two sections: Part I is a selection of invited presentations from Dr. Kellert’s former students, colleagues, and collaborators. These presentations directly or indirectly build off of Dr. Kellert’s research and outreach efforts. Part II includes related research and outreach projects inspired by the work of Dr. Kellert. These will be selected from an open call for presentations. Please send abstracts to be considered for inclusion in this session to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 24, 2017. In order to be included in the session, the work must focus on human connections/relationships with wild animals and the abstract must reference Dr. Kellert’s work in connection with the research to be presented.
Dr. Stephen Kellert was a leader and pioneer in the theory and science of human relationships to nature and wildlife. Throughout the 1970s and 80s he published seminal research on human attitudes towards carnivores and other species, explored cultural factors influencing human-animal relations, and helped reveal trends in human use, values, and perceptions related to wildlife. Dr. Kellert worked with Dr. E.O. Wilson to co-edit The Biophilia Hypothesis, which included contributions from leading thinkers around the globe documenting the interest and attraction that people demonstrate towards animals. His interest in the human need for nature was broad and resulted in a diverse and rich research legacy. He served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, was a member of the board of directors of many organizations, and received numerous awards and honors during his lifetime. He authored and co-authored more than 150 publications. He was a wonderful mentor to his students and an inspiration to the next generations of human dimensions researchers.
“If we stray too far from our inherited dependence on the natural world, we do so at our own peril.”— Stephen Kellert