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Professor delivered keynote at Annual Hyndman Awards at University of Alberta

November 9, 2009

Michael Manfredo, professor and head of the Department of Dimensions of Natural Resources Department and interim head of the Department of Forestry, Rangeland and Watershed Stewardship, delivered the annual keynote speech at the Hyndman Awards on Oct. 27 at the University of Alberta.

Human relationships with wildlife

Manfredo’s address, “Societal Thought about Wildlife: Shifting Notions of What is Right and What is Real,” focused on how human relationships with wildlife have changed over time. The talk focused on how modern society has given rise to relationships of equality with wildlife, such as mutualism, which is a shift from relationships of mastery.This shift has given rise to public conflict over issues involving treatment of wildlife and affected the ability of wildlife professionals to manage wildlife populations.

Manfredo has been involved with more than 80 projects investigating the connections between social and biological influences in natural resource management. He recently wrote the book “Who Cares About Wildlife” and co-edited “Wildlife and Society: The Science of Human Dimensions,” which was awarded the 2009 Wildlife Publication Award by the Wildlife Society.

International topics on animal welfare

The Hyndman Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Alberta Animal Policy and Welfare Committee in honor of Louis D. Hyndman Sr. Hyndman had a life-long commitment to animal-welfare and was highly involved in the passing of the 1967 Animal Protection Act. The awards are celebrated with a day-long event that addresses national and international topics on animal welfare.

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