Wolf Reintroduction Symposium

The Human Dimensions of Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado

A special, multi-part plenary session organized by assistant prof. rebecca niemiec, Colorado State University


The idea of reintroducing wolves to Colorado is increasingly being discussed among conservation organizations. The question of whether and how to reintroduce wolves is largely a question about human interests and values. This symposium will explore the complexity of the human dimensions of wolf reintroduction through a variety of social science lenses. We will hear from leading researchers and practitioners on lessons learned from past reintroduction attempts, as well as key findings from social science research on public perspectives towards wolf reintroduction.

Confirmed Speakers:

Introducing the Idea of Wolf Reintroduction in Colorado 

Mike Phillips, Rocky Mountain Wolf Project

other confirmed topics to be included in the plenary:

The Other Side of the Table: Concerns with Wolf Reintroduction 

Lessons Learning from Working on the Ground with Ranchers on Wolf Management

Social-Psychological Perspectives on Wolf Reintroduction 

Economic Perspectives on Wolf Reintroduction

Check back soon for updates on confirmed speakers!
The plenary symposium will be followed by a half-day workshop on Wednesday afternoon focused on developing research priorities for the human dimensions of wolf reintroduction in Colorado moving forward. The workshop will be open to anyone who would like to participate and will take place as a world-cafe style forum. The plenary organizers ultimately hope the workshop will lead to the development of a group paper defining a research agenda for applying the social sciences to wolf reintroduction.