Identifying Barriers and Supports for Women Conservation Leaders

Megan Jones

Colorado State University

Megan Jones a second-year PhD student in the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources department at Colorado State University. Her research focuses on understanding processes of change within natural resource conservation, and she is currently working on two main studies. The first is an investigation of the challenges women face as they advance to conservation leadership in the US, the supports that help them along the way, and how women respond to these factors. The second is an inquiry into how participants in bird-friendly gardening programs in Colorado describe what motivates them to garden for birds, and what barriers hold them back from further behavior change.

Jennifer Solomon

Colorado State University

Dr. Jennifer Solomon’s research focuses on the interface of development, livelihoods and collaborative resource management in communities adjacent to protected areas. Specific study interests concern the human dimensions of the lionfish invasion in Belize, noncompliance with resource regulations and women in conservation leadership. She teaches in the Conservation Leadership graduate program at Colorado State University in the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, directs undergraduate and graduate overseas field programs and teaches undergraduate courses in the Warner College of Natural Resources. She is a Fulbrighter, Boren fellow, Center for Collaborative Conservation fellow and has served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Nicaragua. Dr. Solomon holds a MA in Environmental Policy from Tufts University and a PhD from University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a concentration in human dimensions of wildlife conservation and tropical conservation and development.


The field of wildlife conservation has long recognized the importance of safeguarding biological diversity, but it has yet to fully recognize the importance of human diversity. From a moral standpoint, there is growing support... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Megan Jones (Colorado State University)
  2. Jennifer Solomon (Colorado State University)

Topic Areas

Topics: Changing Demographics and Fish and Wildlife Management , Topics: Linking Science to Action , Topics: Increasing HDFW Capacity


T-3D » Demographic Change and Conservation I (13:00 - Tuesday, 19th September, Diamond West)

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