Dr. Christina Buesching is a behavioral ecologist who's research centers around the questions of why animals behave the way they do, how animals modify their behavior to accommodate changing environmental conditions, and how animals communicate their behavioral intentions to others. Christina has worked on a wide variety of mammals, ranging from Australian marsupials and Madagascan prosimians to European carnivores and rodents.
Why Nova Scotian mammals?
Although I have worked on a wide variety of mammals in the past, ranging from Australian marsupials to Madagascan prosimians and European carnivores and rodents, I prefer the temperate ecosystems of the Northern Hemisphere. These northern ecosystems have to fulfill many different roles, from wildlife conservation to providing the human population with food and recreational space. In this context, I am fascinated by finding new ways of affecting behavioral changes in wild animals as to avoid human–wildlife conflicts. That is, I am trying to modify nuisance behavior rather than persecuting nuisance species.
Why work with Earthwatchers?
I have become increasingly interested in the sociopolitical and biological implications of the involvement of volunteers in ecological monitoring and scientific data collection. Investigating the underlying motivation and expectation of volunteers of different socioeconomic backgrounds as well as developing appropriate training and volunteer management techniques for scientists working with volunteers has become one of my passions…I enjoy teaching people from different backgrounds about their environment, and I hope to raise environmental awareness by alerting people to the beauty of nature.