A Systems Approach to Wild Animal Welfare

Institute Seminar by Becca Franks

  • Date: Oct 31, 2023
  • Time: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Becca Franks
  • Becca Franks is Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at New York University. After earning a BA in Anthropology from New York University and a Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University, she was a Killam Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Animal Welfare Program at the University of British Columbia, where she was awarded the Killam Research Prize. Specializing in animal behavior, human-animal relationships, aquatic animal welfare, and quantitative methods, her research and teaching lie at the intersection of environmental and animal protection. The core question driving her work is: How can we advance our understanding of animals to address the urgent demands of the Anthropocene?
  • Host: Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
  • Contact: zgoldsborough@ab.mpg.de
A Systems Approach to Wild Animal Welfare
Wild animals face mounting threats from a variety of human-driven crises: climate extremes, habitat loss, habitat fragmentation, and pollution. While conservation biology has a strong track record of protecting animal populations and species, individual animal welfare is generally understood to be outside the scope of its historical mandate. In this talk, I will discuss the newly emerging field of wild animal welfare, focusing on some of the work my collaborators and I have conducted, including projects ranging from (i) estimating the welfare implications of shark tourism in the US to (ii) international efforts to bring animal voices into decision-making spaces.

The MPI-AB Seminar Series is open to members of MPI and Uni Konstanz. The zoom link is published each week in the MPI-AB newsletter.

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