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2012 Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference

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Invited Paper Session #14
CE Offered: PSY

The Web of Life: How Behavior Connects Humans, Animals, and Landscapes

Saturday, August 4, 2012
2:30 PM–3:30 PM
US Bank Conference Theater
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Fred Provenza, Ph.D.
Chair: Susan G. Friedman (Utah State University)
FRED PROVENZA (Utah State University)
Fred Provenza, Ph.D., is emeritus professor of Wildland Resources at Utah State University, and author or co-author of more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals and books. Dr. Provenza began his career working on a ranch near Salida, CO, while earning a bachelor's degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University. He earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in range science while working as a technician and research assistant at Utah State University. He joined the faculty of Utah State University in 1982. For the past 35 years, Dr. Provenza's team of graduate students and colleagues from around the world have produced ground-breaking research that laid the foundations for what is now known as behavior-based management of landscapes. That work inspired researchers in disciplines as diverse as chemical and landscape ecology, ruminant and human nutrition, biopsychology, animal welfare, restoration ecology, wildlife damage management, pasture and rangeland science and management, and rural sociology and eco-development. It was their efforts that led to the formation in 2001 of BEHAVE.

This talk will describe the work of BEHAVE, an international network of scientists and land managers from five continents. Behavioral Education for Human, Animal, Vegetation and Ecosystem Management (BEHAVE, integrates behavioral principles and processes with local knowledge to enhance ecological, economic, and social values of rural and urban communities. By providing understanding of the behavior of soil, plants, animals and humans in ever-changing environments, BEHAVE helps people apply new and more efficient practices that benefit all facets of the environment and the businesses that manage land. In the process, everyone involved is a student attempting to better understand behavior and to apply basic principles of behavior change to help one another appreciate our differences and build upon our collective strengths to sustain communities and landscapes in ways that integrate diverse ecological, economic, and social values and services.

Target Audience:

BACB-certified behavior analysts and licensed psychologists.

Learning Objectives: Forthcoming.



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