Human-wildlife interactions, large carnivore conservation, risk perceptions, social tolerance, environmental justice, geospatial analysis
Ph.D. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley
M.S. Environmental History, Stanford University
B.S. Earth Systems, Stanford University
Dr. McInturff is a post-doctoral researcher in the departments of ES and ISBER at the University of California Santa Barbara and is the core researcher for the North American program of CONVIVA. In 2019, he completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC Berkeley with professor Justin Brashares. His research and teaching interests include human-wildlife interactions and conflicts, wildlife ecology and conservation biology, human dimensions of wildlife research, environmental justice, geospatial analysis, and ecopoetry. Dr. McInturff combines qualitative and quantitative methods to examine reciprocal links between social tolerance for wildlife, ecological patterns, and conservation action at multiple scales. His research at UCSB focuses on the proposed reintroduction of grizzly bears to California. This case study not only offers an important opportunity to conduct research that shapes policy, but it also offers broad theoretical, conceptual, and methodological insights regarding the complex socio-ecological challenges of large carnivore conservation and their implications for just and sustainable futures for people and wildlife.