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Ashley Dayer

Assistant Professor
108 Cheatham Hall


2022 Summer MAOP Internships
National Bird Conservation Social Science Coordinator

B.A., Harvard University (2001)
M.S., Colorado State University (2006) 
Ph.D., Cornell University (2013)


Dr. Dayer is a conservation social scientist. Her research program focuses on understanding the conservation behavior of people and organiations, especially related to bird conservation, private lands habitat conservation, human-wildlife conflict, endangered species management, and citizen science. As part of this research, she explores the role that policy tools and educational interventions can play in influencing behavior. Much of her current research is part of interdisciplinary (social and natural sciences) teams and focused on bridging the implementation gap between science and conservation.

  • FiW 4464/5464 Human Dimensions of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • A Study of and Strategy for Engaging Wildlife Recreationists in Virginia.
  • Social Marketing to Reduce the Threat of Human Disturbance on Atlantic Flyway Shorebirds.
  • Best Management Practices for Evaluating and Managing Anthropogenic Disturbances to Migrating Shorebirds on Coastal Lands in the Northeastern United States. 
  • The Effects of Signing a "Be A Good Egg" Pledge on Beach Recreationists' Behavior & Attitudes Related to Shorebirds.
  • Flagship or Shipwreck? Assessing the Potential of Monteiro's Hornbill (Tockus monteiri) for Flagship Species Status in Namibian Conservation.
  • Landowners and the Conservation Reserve Program: Understanding Motivations and Needs to Cultivate Participation, Retention, and Ongoing Stewardship Behaviors. 
  • The Human Dimensions of Conserving Working Wet Meadow Habitats in Sage Steppe Landscapes. 
  • Landowner Response to NRCS Conservation Programs Targeting Early Successional Habitat: Attitudes, Satisfaction, Retention, and Intentions to Manage Habitat in the Future.
  • Dayer, A.A., Lutter, S.H., Sesser, K., Hickey, C., & Gardali, T. (2017). Private landowner conservation behavior following participation in voluntary incentive programs: Recommendations to facilitate behavioral persistence. Conservation Letters.
  • Field, C.R., Dayer, A.A., & Elphick, C. (2017). Landowner behavior can determine the success of conservation strategies for ecosystem migration under sea-level rise. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Dayer, A.A., Williams, A., Cosbar, E.A., & Racey, M. (2017). Blaming threatened species: Media portrayal of human-wildlife conflict. Oryx
  • Sullivan, B.E., Phillips, T., Dayer, A.A., Wood, C.L., Farnsworth, A., Illiff, M.J., Davies, I.J., Wiggins, A., Fink, D., Hochachka, W., Rodewald, A.D., Rosenberg, K.V., Bonney, R., & Kelling, S. (2017). Using open access observational data for conservation action: A case study for birds. Biological Conservation, 208, 5-14. 
  • Dayer, A.A., Rodewald, A.R., Stedman, R.C., Cosbar, E.A, & Wood, E.M. (2016). Wildlife conservation and land trusts: The discrepancy between mission statement content analysis and perceptions of land trusts. Environmental Management, 58(2): 359-364.
  • Dayer, A.A., Bright, A.D., Teel, T.L., Manfredo, M.J. (2016). The impact of wildlife species characteristics on public preferences for conservation funding: A stated choice approach. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(5), 379-390.
  • Dayer, A.A., Stedman, R.C., Allred, S.B., Rosenberg, K.V., & Fuller, A.R. (2015). The social psychology of landowner behavior: Understanding intentions to create early successional forest habitat. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 40 (1), 59-68.
  • Cooper, C., Larson, L., Dayer, A.A., Stedman, R.C., & Decker, D. (2015). Are wildlife recreationists conservationists? Linking birdwatching, hunting, and pro-environmental behavior. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 79(3), 446-457.
  • Dayer, A.A., Stedman, R.C., & Allred, S.B. (2014). A comparative analysis and assessment of forest landowner typologies based on behaviors, motivations, and cognitions. Society & Natural Resources, 27(11), 1200-1212.
  • Dayer, A.A., Allred, S.B., & Stedman, R.C. (2014). Developing tools to encourage private forest landowner participation in early successional forest habitat management. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 19(4), 355-370.
  • Dayer, A.A., Stinchfield, H.M., & Manfredo, M.J. (2007). Stories about wildlife: Developing an instrument for identifying wildlife value orientations cross-culturally. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 12(5), 307-315.
  • Manfredo, M.J. & Dayer, A.A. (2004). Concepts for exploring the social aspects of human-wildlife conflict in a global context. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 9(4), 317-328.