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Adjunct Faculty - Dr. Sadie Stevens

Sadie Stevens


Education

  • Ph.D., Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation, 2011, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • M.S., Applied Ecology and Conservation Biology, 2005, Frostburg State University
  • B.A., Zoology; Minor, Rhetoric & Writing, 2001. University of Maine, Orono


Research Interests

Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation
International Wildlife Conservation
Conservation of Wildlife in Protected Area


Current Graduate Students

  • Assessment of Potential Flagship Species for Ohiopyle State Park and the Pine Creek Gorge Natural Area, Pennsylvania (Christian Fairbanks)
  • River Otter Depredation at Fish Rearing Facilities in Pennsylvania (Kelly Ashcraft)
  • A landscape level assessment pertaining to the distribution of river otters and beavers in western North Dakota (Steve Peper)
  • Public attitudes towards river otters and beavers in North Dakota (Vanessa Emerson)
  • Raising support for conservation: potential “local” flagships for Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania (Bridgett Amulike)
  • An assessment of stress levels of river otters (Lontra canadensis) transported from Oregon to New Mexico as part of a reintroduction project (Jennifer Bohrman)


Recent Publications

  • Stevens, S. S., B. Amulike, S. R. Ndaka, J. F. Organ, T, L. Serfass.(In press) Raising support for Rubondo Island National Park, Tanzania: Considerations and approaches for an assessment of potential flagship species. Proceedings of the Seventh TAWIRI Scientific Conference. Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Serfass, T., and S. Stevens. 2009.   Spotted-necked otters and Rubondo Island National Park: a logical link for wildlife tourism? Carnivore News Bites - The Newsletter of the Tanzania Carnivore Program. 9 (September-December):4-5.
  • Serfass, T. L., and S. S. Stevens. 2008.Detailed devotion (Book Review: Otters - ecology, behaviour , and conservation, Hans Kruuk. 2006). Conservation Biology 22:505-809.
  • Stevens, S. S., and T. Serfass. 2008. Visitation patterns and behavior of nearcticriver otters (Lontra canadensis at their latrines. Northeastern Naturalist 15:1-12.
  • Stevens, S. S, T, L. Serfass, J. F. Organ. 2007.Otters and wildlife tourism: a recipe for conservation success? Pages 489-504 in J. D. Keyyu, and V. Kakengi, Editors. Proceedings of the Sixth TAWIRI Scientific Conference. Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute, Arusha, Tanzania.
  • Olson, Z. H., S. S. Stevens, and T. L. Serfass. Do juvenile Nearctic river otters (Lontra canadensis) contribute to fall scent marking? The Canadian Field-Naturalist 119:457-459.
  • Stevens, S. S., and T. L. Serfass. 2005. Sliding behavior in Nearctic river otters: locomotion or play?  Northeastern Naturalist 12:241-244.


Recent Presentations

  • Can otters and anglers share the stream? at Pathways to Success: 2010 Conference, Estes Park, Colorado, 21 SEP – 1 OCT 2010.
  • Protected areas and flagship species: Is a “one-size fits-all” approach appropriate? at Pathways to Success: 2010 Conference, Estes Park, Colorado, 21 SEP – 1 OCT 2010.
  • Detecting evidence of spotted-necked otters on Rubondo Island National Park (a paper) at Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute - The 7th Scientific Conference ("Wildlife Conservation in a Changing World"), Arusha, Tanzania, 2-4 DEC 2009.
  • Increasing local support for Tanzania's national parks: finding the best flagship species for Rubondo Island (a paper) at Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute - The 7th Scientific Conference ("Wildlife Conservation in a Changing World"), Arusha, Tanzania, 2-4 DEC 2009.
  • Otters and wildlife tourism: a recipe for conservation success? (a paper) at Carnivores 2009 - Carnivores in a Changing World, 15-18 NOV 2009.