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Megan Draheim

Professor of Practice

Megan Draheim received her Ph.D. from George Mason University’s Department of Environmental Science and Policy, an interdisciplinary program that gives equal weight to natural science, social science, and policy. There, she focused on human-wildlife conflict and interactions, in particular the social drivers of such occurrences. Her main research interests lie at the intersection of human and wildlife populations, especially in urban areas.

Dr. Draheim has worked with a variety of organizations on issues such as human-coyote conflict and attitudes towards wildlife-based tourism. She has also taught at the university level for 11 years. At George Mason, she taught at the undergraduate level in a variety of subject matters and departments, including biology, environmental science, and GMU’s experiential learning program. In addition, she was an instructor for the Mason Center for Conservation Studies, based at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. Dr. Draheim has taught at CLiGS in the MNR program since 2012. She lives in Washington, D.C., where she enjoys hiking in Rock Creek Park – a large urban greenspace – with her dogs and husband.

Human dimensions and the social science aspects of conservation biology, human-wildlife conflict, urban wildlife and other urban environmental/sustainability issues, conservation biology

  • Seventy-one important questions for the conservation of marine biodiversity.2014. DOI: 10.1111/cobi.12303
  • Attitudes towards coyotes in an urban landscape: Management and public outreach implications. 2013. Animals 3: 1-18.
  • What’s in a name? Do species’ names impact student support for conservation?2012. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 17: 308-310.
  • Social conflict and human-coyote interactions in suburban Denver. 2012. PhD Thesis. George Mason University.
  • The impact of information on student’s beliefs and attitudes towards coyotes.2011. Human Dimensions of Wildlife 16(1): 67-72.
  • Tourist attitudes towards marine mammal tourism: An example from the Dominican Republic. 2010. Tourism in Marine Environments 6(4): 175-183.
  • A reason not to support whaling: A tourism impact case study from the Dominican Republic. 2009. Current Issues in Tourism 12(4): 397-403.
  • Ecosystems
  • Urban