Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Washington
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Washington Staff Member

Professor Michael McInturff

Alex McInturff, Assistant Unit Leader

Assistant Unit Leader
Phone: (205) 447 - 3741
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Dr. McInturff received graduate degrees from Stanford University and the University of California Berkeley and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University California Santa Barbara before joining the Washington Unit in 2021. He conducts research linking social and ecological dimensions of wildlife conservation and management. Broadly, Dr. McInturff studies how values and attitudes inform human behavioral interactions with wildlife. His research gives particular attention to mapping social phenomena, such as tolerance for wildlife species, so that they might be better linked with ecological patterns. In addition, Dr. McInturff centers environmental justice in his research, and he draws from theory and practice in Environmental Justice scholarship to inform more just and sustainable wildlife management strategies. Much of Dr. McInturff's work focuses on large carnivores and ungulates, especially in the American West. Dr. McInturff teaches courses in Social-Ecological Systems and Decision Science.

Areas of Expertise

Adaptive Management, Anthropogenic Impacts, Decision Support/Analysis, GIS/Spatial Analysis, Human Dimensions, Landscape Ecology, Predator-Prey Dynamics, Species Management, Wildlife Management

Taxon Groups Studied

Carnivores, Furbearers, Ungulates

Research Publications Publication Date
Wilkinson, Christine E., Alex McInturff, Maggi Kelly, and Justin S. Brashares. "Quantifying wildlife responses to conservation fencing in East Africa." Biological Conservation 256 (2021): 109071. | Abstract April 2021
Volski, L., McInturff, A., Gaynor, K. M., Yovovich, V., & Brashares, J. S. (2021). Social Effectiveness and Human-Wildlife Conflict: Linking the Ecological Effectiveness and Social Acceptability of Livestock Protection Tools. Frontiers in Conservation Science, 42. | Abstract August 2021
Suraci, Justin P., et al. "Disturbance type and species life history predict mammal responses to humans." Global change biology 27.16 (2021): 3718-3731. | Abstract August 2021
Massarella, K., Nygren, A., Fletcher, R., Büscher, B., Kiwango, W.A., Komi, S., Krauss, J.E., Mabele, M.B., McInturff, A., Sandroni, L.T. and Alagona, P.S., 2021. Transformation beyond conservation: How critical social science can contribute to a radical new agenda in biodiversity conservation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 49, pp.79-87. | Abstract April 2021
Kreling, S. E., Gaynor, K. M., McInturff, A., Calhoun, K. L., & Brashares, J. S. (2021). Site fidelity and behavioral plasticity regulate an ungulate’s response to extreme disturbance. Ecology and evolution, 11(22), 15683-15694. | Abstract November 2021
Gaynor, K. M., McInturff, A., & Brashares, J. S. (2022). Contrasting patterns of risk from human and non‐human predators shape temporal activity of prey. Journal of Animal Ecology, 91(1), 46-60. | Abstract January 2022
Calhoun, Kendall L., et al. "Spatial overlap of wildfire and biodiversity in California highlights gap in non‐conifer fire research and management." Diversity and Distributions 28.3 (2022): 529-541. | Abstract March 2022
Bach, Bryan H., et al. "Identifying individual ungulates from fecal DNA: a comparison of field collection methods to maximize efficiency, ease, and success." Mammalian Biology (2022): 1-12. | Abstract February 2022
Volski, Lara

Presentations Presentation Date
McInturff, Alex. “Urban human-wildlife interactions and environmental justice.” Presentation, <i>Pathways Conference</i>, 2023 June 2023
McInturff, Alex. "Human Dimensions of Predator-Prey Research: Opportunities and Challenges in Science and Management." Presentation, <i>The Wildlife Society Annual Conference</i>, 2022 November 2022
McInturff, A. "Meeting at the Crossroads: Environmental Justice and Large Carnivore Conservation." Panel presentation at <i>Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference</i> April 2022
Cannon, Clare, Alex McInturff, Peter Alagona, David Pellow. "A Critical POET Model: Linking Critical Environmental Justice and Human Ecology to Understand Shared Logics of Oppression.” Society for the Study of Social Problems Annual Meeting. 2023 August 2023
Callahan MM, and A McInturff. 2023. Chronic Wasting Disease: The Calm Before the Storm. Pathways Conference, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA; 31 May-3 June 2023 May 2023
Callahan MM, M Devivo, and A McInturff. 2023. Human Dimensions of Chronic Wasting Disease: The Calm Before the Storm. 4th International CWD Symposium, Denver, Colorado, USA; 31 May-2 June 2023 May 2023