Don’t Forget Humans and Their Peculiarities: Are Human Related Uncertainties a Blind Spot for Adaptive Nature Management?

PhD defence, Thursday 12 April 2018, James Henty Williams.

2018.04.12 | Trine Berndt Turtiainen Scheelke

James Henty Williams

Adaptive management is a widely acclaimed and promoted approach for the progressive management of wildlife. It provides a structured framework for management decision-making, particularly when facing the many uncertainties that are invariably associated with managing wildlife. However, to date the focus of wildlife managers and researches has been tackling ecological uncertainties. During his PhD studies, James Henty Williams, explored the ‘human dimensions’ of implementing the first European adaptive management plan for a migratory waterbird population, the Svalbard Pink-footed Goose. This research highlights that human uncertainties, associated with peoples’ motivations, priorities, behaviours and their peculiarities permeated the plan’s implementation, right from its inception to its evaluation. These new research findings contribute to a better understanding of the breadth and means to account for human related uncertainties when adaptively managing a wildlife population, and highlight the benefit of social studies to fully comprehend the complexities and impacts of man’s interactions with wildlife.


The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Bioscience, Kalø, Aarhus University.

This résumé was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Thursday 12 April 2018 at 13:00
Place: Kalø Jagtslottet Salen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University, Grenåvej 14, DK-8410 Rønde.
Title of PhD thesis: Human uncertainties in adaptive management: recognizing and dealing with a neglected constituent
Contact information: James Henty Williams, e-mail: jhw@bios.au.dk, tel.: +45 50 18 36 12
Members of the assessment committee:
Professor Johan Elmberg, Department of Natural Science, Kristianstad University, Sweden.
Associate Professor Nils Peterson, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, North Carolina State University, USA.
Senior Researcher Annette Baattrup-Pedersen (chair), Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University.
Main supervisor:
Professor Jesper Madsen, Department of Bioscience, Aarhus University.
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST,
Ny Munkegade 120, building 1520, rooms 128-134, 8000 Aarhus C.

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