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FWC Center for Conservation Social Science Research

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About Conservation Social Science

Humans are at the heart of fish and wildlife management. We are responsible for the conservation of fish and wildlife since many negative issues that affect wildlife have their root in human activity. The conservation social sciences (CSS) are a group of social science disciplines that focus primarily on the human aspects of conservation and natural resource management. CSS includes a wide range of disciplines like economics, environmental/conservation education, and human dimensions.

About the Center for Conservation Social Science Research

FWC’s Center for Conservation Social Science Research (CCSSR) is a research center focusing on the complex relationships between people and the fish, wildlife, and habitat resources FWC conserves and protects as well as investigation of the roles people play in fish, wildlife, and conservation issues. Through surveys, interviews, focus groups and other methods, CCSSR researchers attempt to learn what the public and other groups think about fish and wildlife. These studies help other researchers and managers within FWC by helping them to describe, understand, predict, and affect human attitudes and behaviors towards the natural environment.

Past Projects


Alvarez S, Solís D, Hwang J. 2019. Modeling shellfish harvest policies for food safety: wild oyster harvest restrictions to prevent foodborneVibrio vulnificus. Food Policy. 83:219-230.

Decker DJ, Siemer WF, Forstchen AB, Smith C. 2018. The role of human dimensions in state wildlife management. State Wildlife Management and Conservation. Chapter 13, The role of human dimensions in state wildlife management; p. 194-207.

Jacobson SK, Morales NA, Chen B, Soodeen R, Moulton MP, Jain E. 2018. Love or loss: effective message framing to promote environmental conservation. Appl Environ Educ Commun. 14:1-4.

Morales NA, Martin A. 2018. Evaluating a Stakeholder‐Driven Bass Regulation Change in Florida: Agency Staff and Stakeholder Perspectives. Fish. 43(8):361​–367.

Petrolia DR, Hwang J. 2018. Single-choice, repeated-choice, and best-worst scaling elicitation formats: do results differ and by how much? Environ Dev Econ. 69(2):365-393.

Petrolia DR, Hwang J, Landry CE, Coble KH. 2015. Wind insurance and mitigation in the coastal zone. Land Econ. 91(2):272-295.

Forstchen AB, Smith CA. 2014. The essential role of human dimensions and stakeholder participation in states' fulfillment of public trust responsibilities. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 19:417-426.

Hwang J, Petrolia DR, Interis MG. 2014. Consequentiality and opt-out responses in stated preference surveys. Agric Resour Econ Rev. 43(3):471-488.