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Ashley Dayer

Chair, Bird Education Alliance for Conservation

Ashley Dayer

Dedicated to wildlife conservation academically and professionally, Ashley Dayer focuses on the human dimensions of wildlife conservation, aiming to enhance conservation success through effective and strategic education and communications. Ashley graduated with a BA with Honors in Environmental Science and Public Policy from Harvard University (2001). During and after college she worked in marine and wildlife biology positions on both coasts of the United States and Canada. Her environmental education and human dimensions interests developed from observing unaddressed conservation challenges for the wildlife that she studied. At Colorado State University, Ashley obtained her MS in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources (2006), studying the wildlife values of the Western public. Ashley then served as the Education and Outreach Director for Klamath Bird Observatory where she directed education and citizen science activities. Now in her doctoral program at Cornell University, Ashley studies the influences on private landowner behaviors to manage woods for wildlife habitat and how intervention programs can be designed to effectively engage various types of landowners in habitat conservation. In addition to conducting research, Ashley was awarded a competitive Land Grant Fellowship to lead and evaluate the effectiveness of extension activities for landowners in New York State. A leader in international bird conservation, Ashley actively participates in conservation networks through her affiliation with Cornell Lab of Ornithology, including Bird Education Alliance for Conservation as Chair; Partners in Flight Education and Communications Working Groups as Chair; The State of the US Birds Communications Team; and North American Bird Conservation Initiative Communications Committee.