Research Priorities from Animal Behaviour for Maximising Conservation Progress

Alison L. Greggor, Oded Berger-Tal, Daniel T. Blumstein, Lisa Angeloni, Carmen Bessa-Gomes, Bradley F. Blackwell, Colleen Cassady St Clair, Kevin Crooks, Shermin de Silva, Esteban Fernández-Juricic, Shifra Z. Goldenberg, Sarah L. Mesnick, Megan Owen, Catherine J. Price, David Saltz, Christopher J. Schell, Andrew V. Suarez, Ronald R. Swaisgood, Clark S. Winchell, William J. Sutherland

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Poor communication between academic researchers and wildlife managers limits conservation progress and innovation. As a result, input from overlapping fields, such as animal behaviour, is underused in conservation management despite its demonstrated utility as a conservation tool and countless papers advocating its use. Communication and collaboration across these two disciplines are unlikely to improve without clearly identified management needs and demonstrable impacts of behavioural-based conservation management. To facilitate this process, a team of wildlife managers and animal behaviour researchers conducted a research prioritisation exercise, identifying 50 key questions that have great potential to resolve critical conservation and management problems. The resulting agenda highlights the diversity and extent of advances that both fields could achieve through collaboration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)953-964
Number of pages12
JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Delphi method
  • animal behaviour
  • conservation biology
  • horizon scan
  • policy priorities
  • wildlife management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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