The role of local ecological knowledge and perceptions in southern resident killer whale policy
September 2023 - June 2028
Southern resident killer whales are a major conservation concern in Washington. They evoke strong public opinions, but policy decisions are not always consistent with killer whale ecology. In this project we will use social science methods to improve our understanding of the relationship between killer whale ecology, policy, and decision-making, and inform state and federal managers to help improve outcomes for both people and killer whales.